Monday 21 September 2015

Ruby Iyer Series by Laxmi Hariharan Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Welcome to the excerpt tour and release event for The First Life of Vikram Roy by Laxmi Hariharan! The First Life of Vikram Roy is book #1.5 of the Ruby Iyer Series, but can be read as a stand alone novella.

An angry young girl, a sexy cop & a chance to WIN $30 Amazon gift voucher!

About Ruby Iyer Diaries (Book #0.5):

This novelette is a companion book to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. A peek into the soul of an angry, young girl, who will come of age in a city on the verge of total annihilation. Ruby kept a diary from the age of ten till she ran away from home at sixteen. It is from here that I picked out a few diary entries for The Ruby Iyer Diaries. This short series of vignettes from Ruby's life, tells you more a little more about the origins of Ruby Iyer.

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About The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer (Book #1):

With over 100, 5 and 4 star reviews across Amazon, Goodreads and Netgalley, don’t miss this chance to get your copy of THE MANY LIVES OF RUBY IYER. At 99p/c & Rs 69 for this week only. 

This is BOOK 1 in the Ruby Iyer series. A YA ACTION THRILLER with strong dystopian undertones, and a kick-ass protagonist, taking you on a white knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.  It's also placed as FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards 2015 & as YOUNG ADULT FINALIST in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

A girl desperate to rescue her best friend. A cop willing to do anything to save the city he serves. A delusional doctor bent on annihilation. A terrifying encounter propels Ruby Iyer from her everyday commute into a battle for her own survival. Trusting her instincts, she fights for what she believes in, led on a mysterious path between life and death on the crowded roads of Bombay; and when her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the sexy Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue, on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza's teen army.

As Bombay falls apart, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

About The First Life of Vikram Roy (Book #1.5):

His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind.

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram's father bring 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.

"A killer ending and the pacing of the story and the build-up is really good. I related to Vikram, really liked it." Richard Sheehan, Author and editor

"I raced through the book... And the killer ending! Oh my God! It left me with a hangover, and makes me want to physically push the author to write the next book in the series faster." Ritesh Kala, Book reviewer & blogger

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


I asked Ash out for dinner. Nothing major, just a casual meal to celebrate the end of our grade ten exams. I am about to become a true senior now. As I wait by the gates of school, I look out over the lights of the city in the distance. They twinkle like the floodlights from ships crossing the ocean. The world is out there waiting … and I want to discover it all … Find out what life is like beyond what I see here.
There's a light touch on my shoulder and I turn to look down at Ash. Over the last year I have been growing steadily and now at six feet I am much taller than her. She has grown too, but is still only chest high in height. Unlike her usual jeans and shirt, today she is wearing a dress. She wears her hair loose, so the brown-blonde curls cascade down to below her shoulders. I almost don't recognise her. That ever-present curl of desire grows even stronger, and I try to ignore it.
"You look—" My tongue seems to stumble over the words and I can't think of what to say.
"—Beautiful?" Ash grins, and I relax. Her lips curve in a smile I recognise, cheeky, saucy with a hint of arrogance. She is once more my cricket-playing buddy.
I give her my hand. "Shall we?"
She nods and we walk down the curving driveway towards the gates. I sniff an unfamiliar too-flowery scent.
"You're wearing perfume," I say accusingly.
"Wow, you are observant," she says, her voice threaded with a hint of sarcasm.
"I don't like it," I say flatly, surprising myself with the vehemence in my voice.
"What, my perfume?" Dropping my arm, she looks at me as if I am crazy.
"I prefer your natural scent." I say it, then realise how that sounds.
"You mean my usual muddy, grubby smell."
"Oranges," I say. "You normally smell like chocolate cookies and oranges."
"Was that a compliment?" She nudges me with her elbow and I feel my cheeks grow hot. Ash still makes me awkward and tongue-tied. That hasn't changed.
She looks at me closely as we walk. "I do believe you are blushing, Mr Roy."
"Mr Roy's my dad," I say, trying to be flippant.
She doesn't reply, and I wonder if I have offended her.
"You do look very nice," I offer by way of a peace offering.
She changes the subject, "Here I was thinking you had finally got up the nerve to ask me out on a date."
"Date?" I say stupidly, as if the thought hasn't occurred to me at all.
"You may look all grown up but inside you are still a kid, you know?" she says, only half-angry. Before I can reply, she asks, "So, where are you taking me?"
I lead her to the waiting taxi. It's forbidden for students to use the local cab service, since they are rumoured to sell drugs to kids, but this once I am willing to break the rules.


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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