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Please welcome author Adiana Ray on my blog today. Let’s get to know her through a question and answer session.

Q: Tell us something about yourself and how you got into writing?

I come from a large family and absolutely love all the noise, confusion and camaraderie. Have two children below ten so they keep me really busy. Moved around a lot and that greatly influences my writing. I have always enjoyed reading and writing and did the usual school and college magazines etc growing up. Then got a business degree and writing fell by the way. It was my publisher Indireads, who asked me to submit some story ideas, which I did and it just took off from there. It was a pleasant surprise of how much I enjoyed putting my stories down once I started, like coming back to an old trusted companion.

Q: Your experience of writing a book – easy as pie or hard as nails?

Somewhere in between. There are parts which are a breeze and other times when nothing happens and that can be quite frustrating.

Q: What motivates you to write?

Real life. There is just so much happening around us all the time and one continuously comes across people whom you can know nothing about but you can take one look at them and think to yourself ‘this could be a great tale.’

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

The character of Sonia, who has created her own little niche in the big bad city. I used to live in a working woman’s hostel in Mumbai when I first started working and there were so many girls like her over there. Young women who had to come to make a career in the metro. When I started with that premise I wanted to create a hero who was the antithesis of her and then I thought I should take them away from their normal surroundings and see what happens.

Q: Please describe your book briefly.

‘Rapid Fall’ is the love story between two young, urban professionals from Mumbai. J.D is a successful, self made man, currently the head of a media company that he has built from scratch. Divorced and cynical, he finds it hard to let his guard down and let anyone come close to him. Sonia is still naïve in her honest approach to relationships and finds herself struggling when she faces the intense attraction she feels towards J.D.

Both of them meet in Rishikesh on a white river rafting trip and like the turbulent river, they are tossed and thrown about by their emotions for each other even when they come back to Mumbai.

It is their journey to find each other and accept and embrace the love they share.

Q: Tell us about the main characters in your book.

JD is the charismatic head of a media company. A true Mumbaikar, he works hard and plays hard. After an acrimonious divorce he would rather play the field than accept what his feelings for Sonia really are.

Then we have Sonia, who is a professionally qualified young woman who has to come to Mumbai from a smaller city. She also takes great pride in her work but at the same time struggles to fit in with some of the more sophisticated lot in her office.

My main aim was to make all my characters very believable. They could be the couple sitting next to you at your favorite restaurant.

Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?

Turn off the internet, get myself a big mug of coffee and just keep typing out stuff, till something clicks. Sometimes it could take me days.

Q: Does writing get in your way of life?

I wouldn’t say ‘get in the way’ but would rather go with ‘makes up an important part of my life.’

With two young children it is difficult to just sit down and write and I do get torn between doing my writing or spending time with them. Besides sometimes when I am doing other stuff I find myself going over scenario’s and dialogues in my head.

Q: What’s next in your writing plans?

Well hopefully finish all my work in progress and there is a whole bunch of stuff that needs to be done. What I would like to do too is write more fiction under my pen name M.X Steele. I have published a few short stories already but I would like to go with a full length novel as well. Under that pseudonym I explore darker themes in my fiction and I would be interested to see where that goes.

And here comes our rapid-fire round:

Your favorite movie

Zindagi Na Milega Dobarra

The worst movie you’ve seen

Inception….had no clue what was happening.  Jism 2 #####

Any secret habit?

I love talking to myself esp. when writing dialogue.

Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat.

Used to be Daniel Craig…still looking for his replacement.

Favorite book.

Very, very, difficult. The opening scene of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier has stayed in my mind despite the passage of time, so I would go with that.

Fallback option when the fridge is empty

Haldiram’s Bhujia Sev

What comforts you when things go bad?

A hot cup of instant coffee.

Your most comfortable outfit

A khaddar kurta over a pair of chinos.

Great answers, Adiana. Lovely to know how you cae into writing. I agree the opening of Rebacca is quite haunting. And yes, I loved Zindagi Na Milegi Dobarra too.

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Rapid Fall

 

by Adiana Ray
 

 

The Blurb
  Sonia and JD’s tempestuous attraction is as stormy as the rapids at Rishikesh. Not even a dip in icy waters can douse the sparks that fly when they are around each other.

JD’s recent divorce, however, has left him commitment phobic and bitter, and he doesn’t seem to want more than a physical relationship. At heart, Sonia is conservative; can she bring herself to accept a modern ‘live-in’ relationship, or will she push him away with her demands for a commitment?

 
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‘Sixteen and counting’ are the number of cities that I have lived in so far. I like to think of myself as a ‘Metronaut’. The myriad city cultures, the food, the hustle and bustle, the people are all elements of life that I thrive on and if you can have an ‘Astronaut’ why not a ‘Metronaut’ after all there are so many more of us out there?I believe in the Zen tenet that every situation has a 1000 truths. It helps me write and it definitely helps when I am dealing with my two children. I like reading, I like cooking, I like travelling and I love sitting like a mindless zombie in front of the TV and if anybody says anything to that….Aha! a 1000 truths come in very handy.

I also write under a pen name M.X Steele. Why? My daughter thought Adiana Ray was too boring a name.

I do hope you enjoy reading all my work because I believe passionately that though we writers love pontificating and are totally in love with whatever we write; at the end of it all it is the readers that matter and above all what we write has to be ‘entertaining’.

 
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Trouble Has A New Name is the second Harlequin offering from Adite Banerjie. I was looking forward to reading Adite’s second book and she didn’t disappoint.

The author has put her own spin on the fake engagement trope well loved by romance readers all over the world. Rayna is your quintessential fall guy heroine who has sworn off men because of an affair gone sour but still falls despite herself for the hot hotelier Neel. Neel is handsome and successful but has his own share of problems weighing him down. With a gorgeous setting like the Andaman islands and the big fat Indian wedding going on in the background,  a roller coaster of events starts to unfold. In the midst of them, Rayna and Neel’s romance touchingly takes shape. I found myself wanting to know the resolution of their troubles.

The multiple characters seem to take over at certain places and blur the focus on central romance. But deft writing on the part of the author manages to bring the spotlight back.

Overall an enjoyable and fun read in a colourful setting. Looking forward to more from Adite Banerjie.

I rate this book five stars for the easy,  flip-through reading it made.

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Trouble Has A New Name 
by Adite Banerjie
 

 

The Blurb

“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?” 
 
Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does – and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel – Neel Arora – and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.
 
Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm! 
 
Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!
    
 
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Adite Banerjie has been writing professionally ever since she graduated from college. After an exciting and fulfilling career as a business journalist, she turned to freelance writing, crunched numbers and wrote reports about consumer behavior and social development issues. Somewhere along the way she got on to the screenwriting bandwagon and wrote scripts for documentaries and spec screenplays for feature films. She was hired by a filmmaker to write a feature script based on a true story. When she penned her first romantic short story she won the 2012 Harlequin Passions Aspiring Authors Contest. Two of her books, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal and Trouble Has a New Name have been published by Harlequin India. And she is currently under contract to write two more for the same publisher. She lives in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, with her writer husband. She loves to connect with readers and writers.
 
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Today I have on my blog author Ruchira Khanna talking about all things writing and life in general. Please give her a warm welcome. Let’s get to know her through this question-answer session.

Q:Tell us something about yourself and how you got into writing?

Officially trained to be a biochemist, and worked in the lab for approximately ~7 years. Then could not step out of the home after the delivery of my kid. Blame it on the emotional attachment. Mind was at rest while at home, and could think beyond me-myself, which initiated the awareness around me. This was the foundation or the stepping stone of writing a few words each day. Thus, a writer was evolved.

Q: Your experience of writing a book – easy as pie or hard as nails?

Honestly, I did not plan much for my debut novel. I joined in the wagon of NaNoWriMo with a concept of Destiny. Now, call it fate for myself that my thoughts could evolve while writing in the month of November into a 50K words novel.

Q: What motivates you to write?

Pain, Agony is my motivator. I get goose bumps when I see them around, and unfortunately there is plenty thus, motivating me 24/7.

 Q: What inspired  you to write this book?

This topic is close to all our hearts. We all wanna venture onto a path that will lead to happiness n success. But, then it is either dependant on our kismet or the choices we make. Thus, the concept came up!

The society is my inspiration. So far, all have either cribbed/vented over this issue. Thus, thought of tackling it with a story that can help calm our heart and mind over the choices we make in our respective lives.

Q: Please describe your book briefly.

Book Choices gives us a peek into the lives of Mateo and Albert on the choices they were forced to make, but are happy to make a life out of it, and help sustain the expenditure of  their families. It gives a brief look  into the lives of immigrants on how these men over the turn of events are prepared to cement their passion out over their responsibilities and their priorities.

Then I take the reader upon the journey of a young boy, Leonardo, who has a passion for something. His whole life revolves around that strong interest, but along the way he comes at a cross-road that makes him ponder over the fire within versus the stuff that gives him joy and satisfaction.

I hope the reader can connect with those thoughts!

Q: Tell us about the main characters in your book.

Leonardo is a young boy who got to see a lot of harsh realities as a kid, thus he has no apprehensions but to look within and concentrate on his passions and make sure he fulfills them. The book takes the reader on a journey of this boy’s life where he reaches the crossroads of life, and he has to make a choice with regards to his future.

 Q: How do you overcome writer’s block?

I do nothing about it, and actually enjoy that empty space within me!

 Q: Does writing get in your way of life?

I need my space when I write. Thus, weekends are my most challenging time to pen down words. I used to vent about it, but now I have just given up writing over the holidays.

 Q: What’s next in your writing plans?

Working on a novel that encircles around hope!

 

And here comes our rapidfire round:

Your favourite movie:

The worst movie you’ve seen:

Psst…I am very bad in remembering things thus, cannot pin point towards favorite or worst movie. :(

Any secret habit?:

Would not be a secret anymore :P

Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat:

Sidharth Malhotra

Favourite book:

Many; since all books have something unique to relate to.

Fallback option when the fridge is empty:

Parle-G Biscuits

What comforts you when things go bad?:

HOPE

Your most comfortable outfit:

Kurta Pyjama

 

Thanks for being on my blog, Ruchira. Definitely like your choice of favourite actor! Recently saw Ek Villain and he certainly took the floor.

It was lovely having you here. All the best for your book!

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Choices by Ruchira Khanna

The Blurb
Leonardo is a young man who is standing on a crossroad of life, facing choices. One road leads to a high stress career that brings in big bucks; the other is a chance to make a real difference in lives of others. He has a few questions, questions that all of us have faced when facing choices that can change our lives. Does fate make a man, or do his desires? Do ambitions and desires actually lead a person to true happiness and fulfillment, or does providence and life changing events actually show a person the true path to follow?
‘Choices’ raises these questions, and attempts to answer them. It is a slice-of-life, a book written from the heart.(
 
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Choices: A Novel talks about how we all come to crossroads in our respective lives, and then the impact it makes by a choice we make.

A biochemist by profession made a mere choice of enrolling myself into a technical writing course. Now, little did I know that this small decision would take me on a path to creative writing and eventually publishing a novel.This novel, Choices helps answer many questions about man’s ambitions and desires and how is it a road towards happiness and contentment that could eventually become your destiny. This is a “slice-of-life” genre thus, impacting all humans who have made a choice sometime or the other in this lifetime!


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Dear friend and Harlequin author Adite Banerjie has a new release by the exciting name of Trouble Has A New Name.  Here are the details. Check out this book which promises to be another exciting read by this author.

 

Trouble Has A New Name by Adite Banerjie

Blurb:

Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?

Recently single model RaynaDutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does—and when a mix-up with room allocation forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel Neel Arora, best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.

Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm!

Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is at fever-pitch, but when scandal comes calling Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!

 

Excerpt:

He smiled enigmatically, ‘I’m reconsidering your proposal.’

‘Oh!’

His words took her completely by surprise. Did he mean it? Nah! He’s just toying with you!

‘Suddenly you no longer have a problem being a boy toy?’ She wished she could take the words back. ‘Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that.’

The cold look in his eyes and the awkward silence that followed made her jittery.

‘My brother always says I have this annoying habit of shooting my mouth off. I guess it will be best if I leave now.’

As she made to get off the parapet, he put his arm around her waist and practically lifted her off. She pushed against him and felt the hard planes of his chest through his jacket, but he held her close. Heat slithered in her veins. His breath fanned the hair on her forehead and her own turned shallow. The blood pounded in her ears as she stole a quick look and stopped short at the hot intensity of his gaze. His eyes were focused on her glossy parted lips. He drew his thumb softly over her cheek and her heart tripped a beat before increasing its pace. She was fused to the spot, rooted by his touch, his gaze. She involuntarily leaned a little closer to him. Her lips were a heartbeat away from his.

His breath was on her lips as he whispered in a husky voice, ‘Your brother should have warned you… you get burnt if you play with fire.’ And then he let her go.

 

 

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About Adite Banerjie

Adite Banerjie is a screenwriter and published author. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who worked in the world’s largest film industry (yes, Bollywood!) and a voracious reader for a mom, it was inevitable she would fall in love with both films and books.

She turned to fiction writing after a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist. When she penned her first romantic short story, she won the Harlequin India Passions Aspiring Authors Contest (2012). Her debut title, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, based on the winning short story, was released in December 2013 in India. The e-book is available internationally (from June 2013). Her second title (Trouble Has a New Name) releases in India in July 2014.

Adite lives in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, with her writer husband, mother and their adorable Irish Setter.

 

Connect with Adite

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Facebook: https://facebook.com/AditeBanerjieWriter

Website: http://aditebanerjie.com

Twitter: @adite

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7083664.Adite_Banerjie

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/aditebanerjie/

 

 

The Tornado giveaway is going on with full force. Today I’m spotlighting Sumeetha Manikandan, Indireads author. Sumeetha was with us some time ago and here’s her interview where you can learn more about her and her writing.

 

3rd July 2014

Sumeetha Manikandan is our Third Giveaway Author.She has decided to give 10 copies of her book to 10 lucky winners. To enter the Giveaway, see the bottom of this post. To see all the books that are part of the Tornado Giveaway – Click Here

 

 

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Very little has gone right in Nithya’s young life. So, when a proposal from a young, handsome NRI comes along, her mother jumps at the opportunity and packs her daughter off to the US with her perfect groom.



Nithya seems to have settled in with Ashok, ostensibly happy, if as yet childless, in her new life. When an old flame comes back into her life, however, the cracks in her perfect marriage begin to show…

 








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Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter.



After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.

 

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I was hosted by K.M. Francoeur for the Meet The Author feature recently. Here’s an excerpt

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ruchi Vasudeva

Location:  India


Question:  How long have you been writing?

 I seriously began to write about three years before I got published. Off and on I have beenwriting throughout my life. In some distant future I saw myself seriously taking up writing. Then one day, the question just popped at me: why not today? So I asked my targeted publisher, Harlequin, if they would accept Indian author submission and found that they were actually holding a contest for Indian writers. That was a lucky break. I submitted an entry and went on to win the contest as well as an opportunity to get published with them.

 

Question:  What was the name of the first book you ever published, and when was it published?

My debut book is ‘Bollywood Fiance For A Day’and it was published in September, ’13. It’s American edition is being released in June, ‘14

 

Question:  Was this book published by a publisher; or did you self-publish?

It’s published under Indian AUthor Collection as print edition and is being released by Harlequin E as an eBook with a new cover.

 

Question:  Tell our readers about this very first book.  (For example:  What was the inspiration for writing it, and what was it about)?

The story I wrote for the contest starred a Bollywood actor and a serious minded doctor who just had her engagement broken by none other than her own sister. When I wrote the book, Zahir, the hero, became a hotshot with a careless attitude who rubs the jilted heroine the wrong way. But beneath the surface, he has his own shares of troubles and hurts that life has dealt him. Will Vishakha find out the real persona beneath the reel one?

 I was inspired to write a Bollywood hero because I’m a fan of the song-dance-mix Bollywood films. Vishakha became a doctor, maybe because of my own medical background.

 

Question:  Can a person still buy this book?  If so, where?

It’s available at:

Amazon.in  = http://ow.ly/yn7Kp

Amazon.co.uk = http://ow.ly/yn7Ny 

Amazon.de =  http://ow.ly/yn7Ud 

Also at: Fantastic Fiction, UK 

http://ow.ly/yn7Ws 

 

Question:  How many total books have you published?

To date: two.

 

Question:  List all of your titles 

  • “Bollywood Fiance For A Day”
  • “You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction”

 

Question:  Any future writing projects in the works?  If so, tell us about it, and any pertinent dates to go with it.

I have a story out in an anthology, to be released by Harper Collins India. I’m currently working on my third book.

Read the rest here: http://meettheauthor.blogspot.in/2014/06/ruchi-vasudeva.html

An amazing array of books is being brought to you by The Book Club. Today the spotlight is on Harlequin author Reet Singh. Check out the rating I gave this book on Goodreads.

5th July, 2014
Reet Singh is the 5th Author in the Tornado Giveaway.She has decided to give 10 copies of her book to 10 lucky winners. To enter the Giveaway, see the bottom of this post. To see all the books that are part of the Tornado Giveaway – Click Here

 

 

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Convenient boyfriend, inconvenient attraction!
 
Mita Ramphul can’t face another family set-up with a ‘nice young man’. What she needs is to divert her family’s attention so introducing the devastatingly handsome Tanay Devkumar as her new boyfriend is a stroke of brilliance. Until Tanay’s scorching hot kisses threaten to shatter her plans for the perfect pretend date. 
 
He might drive her crazy, yet spending time with Tanay sparks a passion Mita never knew she had. It’s only meant to be temporary, but when Tanay looks at her with that smoldering fire in his ebony eyes Mita can’t help but surrender to the temptation of her fake boyfriend.








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Reet has a romantic soul, partly genetic, but certainly attributable to the romantic fiction she devours by the kilo. When she’s not watching romcoms, or doing creative things with wool and a crochet hook, or playing Scrabble, she can be found in the kitchen putting together her ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals.



Married for three decades, her prototypical tall, handsome, and sensitive hero-husband still makes her heart skip a beat. Writing about love and happy endings feeds her romantic soul; hearing from her readers thrills her.



Having a mother that read to her, she paid it forward, telling bedtime stories to her sons and nieces until they grew too old too fast. As a reaction to them growing up before she knew what was happening, she began writing for older children, and has published children’s books on Amazon, for Kindle.



To know more about her:  Blog | Facebook | Goodreads






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