15 September, 2015

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer Origins by Laxmi Hariharan

*** Special Feature - September 2015 ***

Throughout 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. 
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The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer (Ruby Iyer #1)

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 with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. 

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The Ruby Iyer Diaries (Dystopian Romance, Thriller, Ruby Iyer Series, #1)

Growing up in Bombay I was weighed down by the expectations of traditional Indian society. Yet, I wanted to be economically independent. So, daily I would leave the relative safety of home, knowing that my commute to work was going to be nightmarish. It's just how public transport is in this city.

When you get on a bus you know that the man standing behind is going to brush against you. When you walk through a crowded local train platform, you accept that you are probably going to be felt up. Every time this happened to me, I would get really angry. But, I’d just push it aside and get on. Not much I could do about it could I? If I raised my voice it’s not like anyone was going to pay attention.

But, when a young photojournalist was raped in the centre of Bombay in broad daylight, I was furious.

It was as if nothing had changed in all the years I had been away.

Then, I had a vision of this young girl who would not back down, who would stand up for herself, who would follow her heart ... Thus Ruby Iyer was born.

Make no mistake though Ruby is her own person. She leads and I follow.

One of the themes that runs through the book is about paradoxes living side by side in the city. It always strikes me that growing up in the suburbs of Bombay as I did; I had a very different view of the city. Because, I had to commute everywhere. If I had grown up in South Bombay – SoBo, my life would have been very different. And it’s not about having money or not. It’s just if you grow up in South Bombay, you see a very different side of the city. A slower pace, Victorian & Georgian architecture, you don’t commute to get into ‘town’ in fact, you rarely leave the environs of South Bombay to venture to the suburbs. Also culturally there are so many more venues to feed your senses here. It’s not just about day-to-day survival here; you can go beyond that and begin to acknowledge your choices. So it’s not just geography or a city but the micro environment of where you grow up in, which change the course of your life and mark your personality. Fascinating right?

In one of the later chapters in Ruby, Dr B subjects her to what she calls ‘Youthenasia.’ She shoots Ruby with a substance, which makes her go on this massive trip, and confront the demons of her childhood. This is of course inspired by the experiences of people with ‘ayahuasca’ (google it). But really what it is about is lowering your conscious mind, so you can face your innermost self, your deepest fears, stare them in the face. And find a kind of calm. It’s really the true climax of Many Lives. For Ruby is a changed person after that. It’s why Dr B decides ‘Youthenasia’ is the induction ceremony for all her recruits. And she wants only teens in her army. Kids relatively unscarred by conditioning of experience, and then she makes them go through this rite of facing their psychological fears, so they emerge mentally stronger. A truly fearless army right?

You can read The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, here. On offer at 99p/c/69rupees all through September

Other Books by the Author:

The Ruby Iyer Diaries ( Ruby Iyer #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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The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer #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. 

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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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