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Monday, August 29, 2011

First Page Mondays: A Bullet For Two by Robert Strzalko


As part of First Page Mondays on The Book Worm, here's the first page of the book I am currently reading: A Bullet For Two by author Robert Strzalko...

'The screaming grew louder and louder as Jeb McCulloch approached the stable. He expected most of the town to be asleep but something was taking place, something horrible. The last time he heard someone wailing with that much pain and agony was when he was on the front. It brought back terrible memories for him, memories of a man yelling and screaming as he begged for someone to shoot him and put him out of his misery. No one did. They just laid there all night beneath the starts and falling leaves waiting for him to die.
Jeb thought about shooting him but he just couldn't bring himself to do that. When the man finally died as the early morning sun broke over the gray, autumn horizon no one was more relieved than Jeb. He had seen plenty of men die but there was something about the anguish in that man's voice that he couldn't forget.
Rather than dismounting with ease, as was his usual custom, he removed his poncho and drew his pistol. The starry sky was so quiet it made her desperate cries seem even louder as he walked towards the stable.
When he came to the door he found a crack to look through. His eyes searched the murky darkness until they settled on some shadowy shapes. As he strained.....'

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- Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Reading Right Now: A Bullet For Two by Robert Strzalko



There is this wonderful book that I recently received from author Robert Strzalko. Its his first book and he sent me a review copy through Book Pleasures. Since I have just only begun, I will share the blurb on the cover.

'Shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War in 1865, a union soldier heads west to start a new life. When he rescues a young girl that is being raped, he is deemed an outlaw rather than a hero. She falls deeply in love with him as they flee together through mountains and deserts to evade the bounty hunters and posses that are after them. Two days from the Mexican border they find themselves in an inevitable showdown that has been building towards its shattering climax.'

The book is 137 pages long and will be a fast and engrossing read.

You can easily order the book here:



- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sneaky-Peeky Sundays: Hollywood Under The Covers by Author Brandie Knight

I know I got late this time, but somehow, this Sunday turned out to be extremely loaded with work and other things, and I missed out writing about my Sunday book page. Since I don't feel it would be fair to pre-write this post and then share it on a pre-determined time and date, I always write this out on Sunday itself. This time missed it, trust you will not mind this time :)



As part of the Sneaky-Peeky Sunday initiative by The Book Worm, here's the page from the book 'Hollywood Under The Covers' by author Brandie Knight that I am reading right now. Since the book is meant for an adult audience and the content is quite explicit, I will faze out a few words that I found inappropriate to jot down here. As a personal request by the author who has warned this book as only for those who are 18+, I trust you will respect the same:

'"If you hide, you'll look guilty. Come back, face the charges and prove your innocence. I've been forced to cancel the rest of your tour. Get your a** back here."
After Jake hung up the phone, Marcus climbed out of bed and broke out a ten-year-old bourbon stash. He wasn't one to overindulge in alcohol, but he needed to calm his nerves.

His superstardom status had quickly dwindled into a rich pervert image that no one wanted to tolerate. The malicious lies were responsible for his downfall. The public believed Maria. She had kept her promise to destroy his career.

BEL AIR, CA
Nineteen hours later, Marcus arrived in Los Angeles. Maria had robbed him of his family heirlooms, cash and jewels. After he searched his home for missing possessions, the expected knock on the front door came and the police took Marcus into custody.

MARINA DEL REY, CA
The morning after Marcus' arrest, Maria watched the news coverage. The media had worked to her advantage. The public believed the allegations that the media had conveniently reported.
The news cameras were reporting live outside the Beverly Hills Police Department where Marcus was being detained. A limo pulled up and Lacy Fox got out with a bodyguard at her side.
Maria watched the television, fuming that the midget tramp was there and being interviewed.
"How do you feel about Marcus Vaughn being arrested for child molestation?"
"Crimes towards children are very serious and shouldn't be taken lightly. Anyone who hurts a child deserves the maximum punishment. I don't believe Marcus is capable of such a crime."
"Are you saying he has been falsely accused?"
'

..................and that's all that you will get out of the page from this book :) To order the book and get your own copy, click here:




- Debolina Raja Gupta

First Page Mondays: This Burns My Heart by author Samuel Park


As part of the First Page Mondays initiative by The Book Worm, here is the first page from the book 'This Burns My Heart' by author Samuel Park.

'Soo-Ja knew about the stranger. The one following her for the last four blocks. She kept her pace even - her instinct in situations like this was not to be scared, but to see it as a battle of wits, as if she's been handed a puzzle, or a task. She wanted to lose him, but do so elegantly, in the manner of a great escape artist. Her friend Jae-Hwa - walking next to her, her homemade knit scarf blowing in the brisk Siberian wind - hadn't noticed him, and kept on chattering about the lover in the film they'd just seen.
Was the man a secret agent from the North? Soo-Jaa asked herself. The war had ended only seven years ago so it was feasible. It didn't help that the other side didn't sit across the ocean, or on a different continent, but rather just a few hundred miles away, cordoned off by an imaginary line drawn with chalk on a map. Soo-Jaa fantasized that the man mistook her for the mistress of a high-ranking official, and wanted her to carry state secrets across the 38th parallel. Would he be disappointed, she wondered, to find out she was just a college student? Daughter of a factory owner, born in the year of the tiger?
Soo-Jaa pulled her compact out of her purse and looked into the round mirror. There he was, within the glimmering frame, in his white jacket and white pants. Western clothes. Appropriate, she thought. She could not imaging him in hanbok, or anything worn by her parents or.......'

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- Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Big Crossword Sale



The Monsoon Sale is on in most parts of the country right now, and Mumbai especially is flooded with sales all around - which is of course a great way to bring in some sunshine to the 3-4 months of rain that we are having here (not that we are complaining).

The much-loved bookstore Crossword is bringing in more and more readers with their wonderful collection of titles, and especially now, as it gives you an amazing range of discounts at most of the books available at their store.

I went to one of their stores yesterday and found that almost all books were on discount. There are the really big discount collections of 50% off. Add to that books that are on 30-40% discount. You will also find books that have a discount of 20% and 10%. The collection is wide and you will also find all the books that are part of their Vodafone Crossword Book Awards 2010 list. I didn't pick up much, as I am already loaded with more books than I can handle at the moment. But I'm sure once you go there, there's not a chance you will leave the store without a stack of books, smiling at your loot :)

By the way, if you want even more discounts, check out the Crossword website to avail even bigger discounts. Click here

Happy Reading :)

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Books Now

A lovely week passed and had some great time reading (as always). But this time the book that I read was simply astounding. A book I never imagined I would be reading in the first place, a book that I once started reading, could simply not put down again. From the first page on, it was an absolute stunner. The book I am talking about is a debut novel The Gargoyle by author Andrew Davidson. And yes, I am really looking forward to his next novel, the one he is working on right now.

Just Read: (This book was sent as a review copy by the author and has not been purchased by me)
Author Andrew Davidson

You can easily get the book online here:



Reading Now: (This book has been sent as a review copy by the author and her PR team and has not been purchased)
Author Brandie Knight

You can get the book here:


Will Read Next: (This book has been sent as a review copy and has not been purchased by me)
Author Robert Strzalko

You can get the book here:



- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Quarantine Papers by Kalpish Ratna


As part of its shortlist for the Vodafone Crossword Book Awards 2010, Crossword selected the book The Quarantine Papers by author Kalpish Ratna in its English Fiction category, which is based on the events and violence that follow the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.

Book Details:
Type: Hardcover
INR 499
Publishers: Harper Collins
No. of pages: 404

On the cover jacket:

'That first Sunday in December, while the Prime Minister in India dozed in Delhi, lesser things happened to lesser people in Bombay.
Mohammad Yunus doused his clothes with kerosene and struck a match.
Balkrishna More leaned out over the frenzied maha-aarati in the street and jumped to his death.
In a shuttered room in Girgaum, three old men waited for an answer.
Enraptured, Radhika and Anwar were oblivious to the nasal monotone on BBC. Who saw it first? It was there, happening right before them.
A saffron ant crawled up the black dome. Then one more. Then another. Then a swarm of them. And then madness spilled every which way.
In 303, Nandanvan Apartments, Ratan Oak looked out of the window and discovered he'd been living in the wrong house all his life.

So begins
The Quarantine Papers,
a story of love and death in Bombay, Kalpish Ratna weaves history and medicine, passion and betrayal, music and murder in a novel where the palimpsest that is Bombay gets written over and again in hate and is sometimes redeemed in love.'


Added description:

As the Babri Masjid is razed in Ayodhya, brick by ancient brick, Ratan Oak stumbles upon a corpse at the Kipling House in Bombay. It is the beginning of an unraveling for him, of the submerged identity he has sought to suppress all his life: that of his great-grandfather, Ramratan Oak.
Grappling with this tandem existence, Ratan realises that the communal violence which consumes his city mirrors the turbulence it experienced in Ramratan's times. For, concealed in the scientific discoveries of the plague epidemic of 1897 is the terrifying truth about the dead woman of Kipling House. A novel that perfectly balances character and pace, The Quarantine Papers dissects the compulsion of a hate that corrupts, as it trail a doomed love story from nineteenth-century Bombay into our own day.

* For those of you who will buy the book from the Crossword website, you can get it at a discounted rate of INR 421.


- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, August 15, 2011

First Page Mondays: A Walk To Remember by author Nicholas Sparks



As part of the First Page Mondays, an initiative by The Book Worm, here is the first page of the book 'A Walk To Remember' by author Nicholas Sparks.

'When I was seventeen, my life changed forever. I know that there are people who wonder about me when I say this. They look at me strangely as if trying to fathom what could have happened back then, though I seldom bother to explain. Because I've lived here for most of my life, I don't feel that I have to unless it's on my terms, and that would take more time than most people are willing to give me. My story can't be summed up in two or three sentences; it can't be packaged into something neat and simple that people would immediately understand. Despite the passage of forty years, the people still living here who knew me that year accept my lack of explanation without question. My story in some ways is their story because it was something that all of us lived through.
It was, I, however, who was closest to it.
I'm fifty-seven years old, but even now I can remember everything from that year, down to the smallest detail. I relive that year often in my mind,.......'

So...that's the first page of the book, and if you really like what you saw, maybe you should go for it...

Grab your copy here:



- Debolina Raja Gupta

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: This Burns My Heart by author Samuel Park


Book Details:
Title: This Burns My Heart
Author: Samuel Park
ISBN: 978-1-4391-9961-9
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
No. of pages: 307

When I was approached by BookPleasures to review the book ‘This Burns My Heart’ by author Samuel Park, I was immediately drawn to the plot. I have always loved stories that deal with emotion, family, and real situations, and especially those that talk about culture and traditions of a particular place and its people. So it was that, a few weeks later, the publishers Simon & Schuster, in association with BookPleasures, sent me a hardcover copy of the novel.

Samuel Park’s beautiful novel opens in the year 1960 in a place called Daegu, South Korea. The protagonist, Soo-Ja, is a young girl, no more than a student, and even at this young age, we get a glimpse of her strong character and fierce streak of independence. Living in post-war Korea, her dreams are more open in scope, and there is nothing that can make her settle for something that is lesser than the best. Aiming to make this world a better place, Soo-Ja wants to be a diplomat, to travel the world, see new places and meet new people, while using her skills and charms to influence the heavy-weight decision-makers.

But her ambitions are bigger than what her traditional family may be able to handle. With a father who is rich and respected in the social circles, Soo-Ja, being the daughter of the house, is supposed to tread in paths that will continue to behold that respect. If she must absolutely work before getting married, she can at best be allowed to be a teacher or a secretary, but a diplomat? That’s a strict no.

With her zeal to do something meaningful, Soo-Ja gets drawn into the youth demonstrations. With the new acquaintance of a young man named Min, who quickly turns into a lover, Soo-Ja takes part in the demonstrations, where she comes in contact with Yul, the charismatic youth leader. Soo-Ja feels an instant pull, an attraction she cannot explain. She knows she loves Min, wants to marry him, but there is something about Yul she finds hard to ignore, getting drawn to him despite all the warnings in her head. When finally Yul proposes marriage, Soo-Ja turns him down in favour of Min, the man she loves. But will this decision change her life forever? Was there something Soo-Ja could have had with Yul that she can never hope to achieve by marrying Min? Is this the point that will push her to her doom?

The beauty of This Burns My Heart is not just in its narration and description, the beauty, the charm, lies in the protagonist, Soo-Ja. This is no perfect heroine we have here, many will find her flawed - she loved another man while she was planning her marriage with someone else - she is fiercely independent, sometimes to the point of being brazen, she likes to take control, and she only wants the best for herself. Some may find her dominating. Then again, Soo-Ja is kind, compassionate and fair. With the strength of will that not many heroines have been credited with, Soo-Ja faces the world on her own when all else falls apart. Not one to bow down in the face of adversities, Soo-Ja has the courage and dedication in her to hold up a failing sail, to row the boat till land arrives.

While the author builds a powerful heroine who is at once flawed and charming, he gives equal attention to his two other protagonists – Min and Yul.

I especially loved the novel because of its glimpse into a world that is different from mine, of customs and daily practices that are somewhat similar, yet find a different context in a new setting. Samuel Park brings to life the real-life Korea in a way I have yet to come across. With celebrations, rituals, traditions, even local language, being blended beautifully into passages and sentences, readers will get a glimpse of the post-war Korea in the years gone by, while not really having to struggle with too much smattering of the local flavor. A story that begins in the 60s in Korea will take us through time to the modern-day Korea, to the changes that its people have gone through, and what it has done to their social and personal lives.

While family and emotions are a strong theme in the novel, the author makes sure nothing goes over-the-top. With constant twists and turns throughout the story, the novel soon turns into an un-putdown-able read, and you constantly want to know what happens next.

A story that will linger with you for some time. Strongly recommended.

* The book 'This Burns My Heart' by author Samuel Park has been provided as a review copy by the publishers Simon & Schuster, and is not a purchased copy.

Debolina Raja Gupta is an international book reviewer with BookPleasures

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Sneaky-Peeky Sunday: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson



As part of Sneaky-Peeky Sunday, an initiative by The Book Worm, here's a peek at the page I am now, in the book The Gargoyle by author Andrew Davidson:

'Nan replied that beyond policy issues, Phoenix Hall had a host of professionals, all ready to offer their expertise. Marianne Engel reiterated that she was willing to provide whatever I needed. "If Mizumoto san is too busy, we'll hire someone else. But we'd prefer to have her, because we like her."
She wheeled around to look directly at me, and finally asked what I wanted. "Do you want to go to this Phoenix place?"
"No."
"Do you want to come to my house?"
"Yes."
Marianne Engel turned her attention back to Dr. Edwards. "There. Discussion finished."
It might have been prudent to claim that I needed time to think. After all, I had just chosen Marianne Engel over the doctor who'd been expertly guiding my recovery for months. My hasty answer was, to say the least, illogical.
If there was one thing I could be certain about, however, it was that everyone in the room truly had my best intentions at heart. I hadn't known that Marianne Engel and Nan had been arguing about my living arrangement for weeks; since I saw both of them almost daily; this could only have occurred if they were working together to hide it in order to keep my stress level as low as possible.
"There's still plenty of time to make an informed decision," Nan said, indicating that this discussion was anything but finished. It was not lost on anyone how heavily she stressed the word informed.

***********************

There were practical concerns that I could not ignore in regard to living with Marianne Engel. One was that, although she said she had plenty of money, she probably couldn't afford me.
Housing a burn patient is incredibly expensive. Beyond my treatment costs - Sayuri's fees, medical supplies, exercise equipment - there would be regular living expenses. Food. Clothes. Entertainment.'

(* The book has been provided as a review copy by the author Andrew Davidson himself. It has not been purchased)

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What I Read, What I Am Reading and What I Am Going To Read


What a crazy week this last one has been. With books rushing in from different parts of the world, the few past days couldn't have been better - except maybe a full 24 hours of sleep, or even a few hours' non-stop sleep for that matter, been craving for that for QUITE some time now...but anyway..that wasn't what I meant to share with you here...maybe some other time.

Been reading some amazing novels for some time now and the trend sure looks like its going to continue for a long time, as my next-to-be-read list is already sorted.

Just Finished:



This Burns My Heart by author Samuel Park (sent as a review copy by publishers Simon & Schurst in association with BookPleasures)

Currently Reading:



The Gargoyle by author Andrew Davidson (sent as a review copy by author Andrew Davidson)

Will Be Reading Soon:



Hollywood Under The Covers by author Brandie Knight (sent as a review copy by author Brandie Knight's PR team)

Lots of fantastic books and lots of fun times ahead :)

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, August 8, 2011

First Page Mondays - Every Last One by author Anna Quindlen


As part of First Page Mondays, here is the first page of Anna Quindlen's novel 'Every Last One'.

'This is my life. The alarm goes off at five-thirty with the murmuring of a public-radio announcer, telling me that there has been a coup in Chad, a tornado in Texas. My husband stirs briefly next to me, turns over, blinks, and falls back to sleep for another hour. My robe lies at the foot of the bed, printed cotton in the summer, tufted chenille for the cold. The coffeemaker comes on in the kitchen below as I leave the bathroom, go downstairs in bare feet, pause to put away a pair of boots left splayed in the downstairs back hallway and to lift the newspaper from the back step. The umber quarry tiles in the kitchen were a bad choice; they are always cold. I let the dog out of her kennel and put a cup of kibble in her bowl. I hate the early mornings, the suspended animation of the world outside, the veil of black and then the French doors. But it is the only time I can rest without sleeping, think without deciding, speak and hear my own voice. It is the only time I can be alone. Slightly less than an hour each weekday when no one makes demands.'

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sneaky-Peeky Sunday: This Burns My Heart


As part of the Sneaky-Peeky Sunday, an initiative by The Book Worm, here's the page of this amazing book This Burns My Heart by author Samuel Park that I am reading right now.

'...to Min and her. She knew Father-in-Law so well by now, she could tell when he lied - it was the only time he ever smiled.
"You've said a lot of harsh words to me in the past, but I forgive you. I forgive you because I am a good person. You, on the other hand, you still have much to learn, but I can teach you to be a humble, obedient daughter-in-law."
Soo-Ja turned to Min then, as she was about to respond. She expected to see triumph in his eyes, but she found only sorrow. And that's what made her voice quiver, when she finally said, one more time, "Yes, Father."
Father-in-law then dismissed her with a nod of his head.

When Hana went into the bathroom of the suite to take a shower, Soo-Ja and Min found themselves alone again. They looked at each other with apprehension in their eyes, sensing this might be the prologue to another stage of their lives. It would be easy to follow this road, and live in America, and work for Min's parents, and go on with things as they always had. Still, something in the air did not feel right, and it emanated from Min. Soo-Ja thought of the look of grief in his face during her conversation with his father. She saw how hurt him, to see her already abased like that.
"Why did you do that?" Min finally asked, sitting on the bed.
The only sound, other than his voice, came from the shower in the next room.
"Do what?" Soo-Ja asked, busying herself with pulling blankets and pillows out of the closet.
"Lower yourself like that."
"I had no choice, Min."
"What happened to you? You used to fight them. You used to stand up to them."
"Maybe I'm tired."
"I made a mistake, didn't I? Bringing you two here?"

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, August 5, 2011

Enjoy Reading? Who Me? Live For It.....


A few days ago, as I was sitting at home with a knee injury and ruptured tissues, a woman, who was visiting the house, took a look at the book lying open on the table and asked me what I was reading. The book looked unfamiliar to her she said, and was curious to know about it. Of course I was more than happy to help her with the details.

The book I was reading at that moment was This Burns My Heart by author Samuel Park. I am still reading it, so the review is due. But I can assure you it is one book you should not miss. Its easily available on Amazon, sadly not in the Indian bookstores, not that I know of. It was sent to me as a review copy by the publishers Simon & Schuster.

Ever since I can remember I have been reading.....like there is no tomorrow, like I have to finish reading everything right NOW..Even though my parents were the ones who inculcated the habit of reading and, later, writing, in me, they were also the ones who would later fret at my obsession with books. This paranoia has now shifter on to my hubby, who dreads the moment I may spot a bookstore and be lost to him for the entire day.


On some days, I am this sophisticated and casual reader, sitting quietly on the couch, a book in hand, surrounded by tonnes more, secure in my knowledge that once I finish this one, there's always a bank of books that are waiting for me.


Some days I am super-relaxed, not looking at the other books on my shelf, but sharing all my love with the book in hand.


Some days I sit and chat with my girl friends, discussing books and authors, and something that may have caught our attention in a particular book.


Some days I am like this...super-absorbed in the book Im reading and loving every moment of it.


And many days Im like this...oblivious to the world...ignoring every one else, only really wanting to be with my book..


And if you're wondering what this pic has to do with my love for books, its just that I know I am gonna still be in love with books forever, till the day I die..will keep on reading with my last-est bit of eye and strength and heart :)



And now...here's my lovely little nook that holds most of my precious titles...

- Debolina Raja Gupta

The Vodafone Crossword Book Awards 2010:Your Chance At Complimentary Reader Copies


The Vodafone Crossword Book Award is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in India, and they are out with their nominations for 2010. If you are a book lover in India, you of course know about the Crossword stores, and their constant efforts at inculcating and promoting the habit of reading amongst children and adults alike.



So this year, as Vodafone and Crossword come together yet again to share some amazing books with us, The Book Worm has been lucky to be given the opportunity of being a part of this much-awaited book awards.

In partnership with the Vodafone Crossword Book Award this year, The Book Worm will be hosting a number of book discussions, know-your-author segments, author interviews, book reviews, giveaways, reader voting and much much more. Several Indian writers will be featured, along with many different genres, and also some translations from original works from Indian languages.

Of course I am greedy, so you need to be a member of The Book Worm to participate. There are a number of books that are being sponsored by Crossword and will be given away complimentary for free. The giveaways will be open only for book lovers residing within India (terms as per Crossword and Vodafone), but of course each and every aspect of these discussions is open to readers worldwide.

Here is a list of the shortlisted books that you stand a chance to win:

English Fiction:
1. Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph
2. Quarantine Papers by Kalpish Ratna
3. Jimmy, The Terrorist by Omair Ahmad
4. The Crimson Throne by Sudhir Kakar
5. Way To Go by Upamanyu Chatterjee

English Non-Fiction:

1. Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan
2. Known Turf by Annie Zaidi
3. Memories of A Rolling Stone by Vina Mazumdar
4. The Tell Tale Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
5. The Lost River by Michel Danino

Translation

1. The Golden Gandhi Statue From America by Subimal Misra, V. Ramaswamy
2. Manasarovar by Ashokamitran, N. Kalyan Raman
3. This Is Not That Dawn by Yashpal, Anand
4. Litanies of Dutch Battery by N.S. Madhavan, Rajesh Rajmohan
5. The House With Five Courtyards by Govind Misra, Massom Ali

Children:

1. Mr. Oliver's Diary by Ruskin Bond
2. The Fang of Summoning by Gita Chandra
3. Sahyadri Adventure: Koleshwar's Secret by Deepak Dalal
4. Koni: The Story of A Champion by Moti Nandy
5. At Least A Fish by Anushka Ravishankar
6. Sahyadri Adventure: Anirudh's Dream by Deepak Dalal
7. Faces In The Water by Ranit Lal

Popular

1. The Immortals Of Meluha by Amish
2. Keep The Change by Nirupama Subramanian
3. Dork by Sidin Vadukut
4. Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi
5. Johny Gone Down by Karan Bajaj
6. Connect The Dots by Rashmi Bansal
7. You Can Sell by Shiv Khera
8. Simply Fly by Captain G R Gopinath
9. Corporate Chanakya by Radhakrishnan Pillai
10.When The Penny Drops by R Gopalakrishnan

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Giveaway: Hollywood Under The Covers by author Brandie Knight


When Hollywood author and producer Brandie Knight visited my blog and commented on a post, I was more than thrilled. Well, seems that was not the end of my being thrilled though.


Brandie was amazing enough to send me a copy of her book to read and review, and she wanted one copy to be shared with one more reader. So here I am, announcing a Giveaway of her book 'Hollywood Under The Covers', which, as the name suggests, is a peek into the 'real' and bizarre world of Hollywood, but 'under the covers'.


'Hollywood Under The Covers' is a rare look inside the seductive entertainment industry. The book exposes the erotic side of four Hollywood moneymakers, openly revealing how nothing is safe in the hands of greed.

Though the book is loosely based on 'real' events, Brandie claims that in reality, the world she has exposed in her book is even more bizarre.

As if this claim was not enough, here's what Brandie and her publicists have warned readers before they begin reading the book:
Author's Warning: Do NOT read this novel if you are easily offended, related to the author, or under 18 years old. By keeping the material as close to the truth as possible, the adult content is explicit and may be offensive to some people.


To participate:

1. You must be residing in India.
2. You must be 18 years and above.
3. You need to be a follower of The Book Worm
4. +5 if you are a follower on FaceBook
(share link in comment)
5. +5 if you are a follower on GoodReads
(share link in comment)
6. +5 if you are a follower on Book Blogs
(share link in comment)
7. Please leave your email id in the comment box so that I can get in touch with you.

Last date for participation is 31st August. The winner (1) will be chosen randomly and I will send an email to confirm. If no response comes within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

On The Cover: Between Shades of Gray by author Ruta Sepetys


Recently got this book in my mail and here is what it says on the cover...

'Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth?

That morning, my brother's life was worth a pocket watch........

One night, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia.

An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn't know if she'll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope.

Lina hopes for her family.
For her country.
For her future.

For love - first love, with the boy she barely knows but knows she does not want to lose......
Will hope keep Lina alive?

Set in 1941, Between Shades of Gray is an extraordinary and haunting story based on first-hand family accounts and memories from survivors.'


- Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mega Aussie Author Giveaway courtesy The Australian Bookshelf by Jayne Fordham


As a member of GoodReads, there are some really amazing bloggers, authors and book lovers, with whom I get the opportunity to interact and share the mutual love of books.

One such blogger and recent author is Jayne Fordham, a book blogger who specifically blogs about Australian books in her book blog The Australian Bookshelf. As part of her Aussie August Month, she is doing this wonderful giveaway, Mega Aussie Author Giveaway which is open internationally.

Its a great way to connect with more book lovers from across the globe, so do get a look and follow her if you like....


- Debolina Raja Gupta

First Page Mondays - Room by author Emma Donoghue


As part of The Book Worm initiative First Page Mondays, here's the first page of the book 'Room' by author Emma Donoghue.

'Today I'm five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I'm changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. "Was I minus numbers?"
"Hmmm?" Ma does a big stretch.
"Up in Heaven. Was I minus one, minus two, minus three - ?"
"Nah, the numbers didn't start till you zoomed down."
"Through Skylight. You were all sad till I happened in your tummy."
"You said it." Ma leans out of Bed to switch on Lamp, he makes everything light up whoosh.
I shut my eyes just in time, then open one a crack, then both.
"I cried till I didn't have any tears left," she tells me. "I just lay here counting the seconds."
"How many seconds?" I ask her.
"Millions and millions of them."
"No, but how many exactly?"
"I lost count" says Ma.'


- Debolina Raja Gupta