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Against All Odds
by 
Jazz Singh 
 
 

 

The Blurb


The first time they collide, he thinks she’s a con artist, she believes he’s an arrogant snob.



It takes several meetings to change their minds about each other, but eventually, Abhimanyu and Sanjana strike up a friendship that seems destined to turn into something more. He’s a rich successful businessman, however, and she’s a small-town girl who doesn’t fit into his glittering world; a fact that Abhimanyu’s mother has taken pains to point out.



Will they ever overcome the odds, or are their lives on parallel tracks, never destined to cross?


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Dear Readers,

Jazz Singh is one of the most elusive writers I have met. So respecting her need for privacy we have not asked her for a profile picture or a writeup. Long back, when I had first interacted with her.. I had asked her the reason behind this. Her answer was… I want to be known for my work. All I can say to that is… She will be…

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Rescued by Love 
by 
Shilpa Suraj
 

 

The Blurb
 When Naina Ahuja is kidnapped as hostage days before her father, a Supreme Court Chief Justice, must sentence a terrorist, the stakes are very high. Lt Col Arjun Rathore and his team are the only ones who can be trusted with the mission of saving her. 

During their arduous trek back through the hostile terrain of Ladakh, Arjun and Naina spend days in danger of losing their lives – and their hearts. Back in safety, the real world and its very real problems threaten – as do their own perceptions of the differences between them. 



They must separate – but will life rescue their love?


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Shilpa was a year and a half when she was first introduced to the world of books. Her mother would park her with a picture book on the floor of the kitchen while she finished her cooking for the day. While it’s no longer the kitchen floor, you can still find her tucked away in a cosy nook somewhere with her nose buried in a book. While books in all genres interest her, it was romance that captured her heart. While racing through every romantic fiction book she could beg, borrow or buy, her over active imagination started to work overtime and weave its own stories. Years in the corporate world followed by a stint of entrepreneurship crystallised her belief that all she really wanted to do was give life to the stories bubbling inside of her. She briefly managed to tear herself away from the world of fiction to find her own personal happily ever after and now spends her time happily focusing on the two loves of her life – family and writing romances.
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Spotlight hosted by Ruchi Vasudeva author of Hartlequin romance You Can’t Fight A royal Attraction

Scorched by His Fire

by
Reet Singh

The Blurb
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.

My view

Scorched by His Fire is a romance by Harlequin in Indian setting. Reet Singh has penned a lovely, confused, accident prone heroine in search of her roots. The hero Tanay joins her in the quest while pursuing one of his own – he’s a detective, an occupation we rarely see in the typical romances. Inevitably the attraction grows and takes its course while the protagonists fight not to let their hearts take control.  There are some spots which made me go oh really? Also the hero comes across as chauvinistic in places but overall it’s a fine debut by Reet Singh.

The story is simple, the interaction of characters entrancing, the romance yummilicious! I give this book four stars for an easy read and dialogues which sound very natural.

Meet the Author

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.

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Amazon.com : http://www.amazon.com/Scorched-Mills-Indian-Author-Collection-ebook/dp/B00KM0ZQ7K/ref=la_B00I6J47LK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415501860&sr=1-1

Amazon.in : http://www.flipkart.com/scorched-his-fire-mills-boon-indian-author-collection/p/itmdx93mbpqggrmj?pid=DGBDX93MSDRQVYKV&otracker=from-search&srno=t_2&query=reet+singh+&ref=a0cb64f8-6dcd-4f39-b58b-946623337c06

Harlequin: http://www.hqnindia.com/title/scorched-by-his-fire

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Author links:

Author Website: http://www.reetsingh.in/

Author Twitter : https://twitter.com/AuthorReet

Author Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/reet.singh.5458?fref=ts

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This review is by Ruchi Vasudeva, author of Bollywood Fiance for a Day by Harlequin

Hi everyone, please welcome Yamini Vijendren on my blog. Today Yamini will share with us how was the experience of writing her new book ‘Full Circle’
Take it away, Yamini.
How did you become a writer?

Writing a book has been a life changing experience for me. I must confess, when I first set out plotting Full Circle, I never imagined myself as a writer. I had my hands full with my infant, and was looking for ways to preserve my sanity without compromising on my time with my little one. Writing, I had been doing right from my childhood, so I naturally gravitated towards it to keep me occupied whenever I found a little me time. I wrote a little story here, a poem there, but never had any idea of writing a full length book, whatsoever. That, until Indireads happened. There I was, searching for small freelance writing assignments to take up, when I stumbled upon the Indireads call for first time authors. The adventurer inside me asked, why not, and I just sent a synopsis, never even imagining that the publishers would love it. The next thing I know, Naheed called me up, eager to discuss on how the small synopsis I sent could be elaborated into a full-length novella.

When I started writing, I had an idea of the course my story should take. However, as the pages progressed, my initial idea ceased to look attractive, and did not gain enough traction. Here, my editors and publisher provided me great support, and after a number of brainstorming sessions, I course-corrected the story, and brought Full Circle to the shape it is today. That was a huge lesson for me, for I understood that while it is ok to start with a plan, even desirable, one also needs to be flexible enough to accommodate changes, and make course-corrections if the plan doesn’t work.

A novel might be a writer’s child, but just as an infant requires doctors to monitor her health, grandparents and siblings to give her a wholesome life, a novel too requires a whole range of people to make it a wholesome experience. What the author provides is only the raw cut sculpture. The editor, proofreaders, beta readers, publishers, reviewers, they all are the ones who make the raw entity into a fine piece of art.

Thank you, Yamini. The simile with sculpting is spot on. Writing involves almost as much work in perfecting and honing a story.

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Full Circle 
by 
Yamini Vijendran
 

 

The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.



Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.



After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?

 
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Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen.
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THE RUNAWAY BRIDEGROOM
by
Sundari Venkatraman
 
 

Blurb

 
Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.
 
Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about  Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?
 
Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance. 
 
When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants? 
 
Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness? 
 
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Sundari Venkatraman has authored four ebooks so far, The Runaway Bridegroom being the latest. Three of her books, namely, The Malhotra Bride; Meghna and The Runaway Bridegroom have all been self-published on Amazon under the banner of Flaming Sun. All three books are regularly seen on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers’ Contemporary Romances list. 
 
A great fan of Mills & Boon romances over the past four decades, Sundari has always believed in ‘Happily Ever Afters’ and all her books promise happy endings. 
 
The Runaway Bridegroom talks about ‘Child Marriage’, an evil perpetrated even in the 21st century in a country like India. While a large number of the country’s population live in the cities and lead modern lives, there are many who follow old customs unaware of the negative impact on the lives of the younger generation. 
 
The book is a work of fiction and of course does not preach. The author has but made an attempt to bring this ancient custom to the eyes of the modern public around the world while bringing a simple solution to the protagonists, the victims of child marriage. 
 
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The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman 

Blurb

 Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.
 
Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about  Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?
 
Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance. 
 
When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants? 
 
 Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness? 

My Review:

The runaway bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman has an intriguing title and an equally intriguing theme – child marriage – which even in this day and age is, sadly, a socially relevant issue in India.
I liked the beginning that Sundari has etched. The plight of the girl is gut wrenching without overt emphasis on description. I was pulled in by the revulsion I felt for the situation. Chanda is the victim of a social evil and her counterpart doesn’t escape the brunt of the situation either.
As I read on, I found the theme of the book becoming buried in subplots and secondary characters which, due to the short length of the work, one couldn’t find so relatable.
Sundari’s descriptions are vivid and the story doesn’t pause anywhere. She takes up right into the minds of people very set in their beliefs – for example, a detective basing his investigation on astrological predictions. However, the satire due here was missing. The one thing I couldn’t get over was that the culprits, the parents who instigate such evils, escape unscathed and in fact are upheld as understanding and supportive even. The characters don’t take a leap against the society norms for their love. Maybe my expectation of the story was different. I mean, the author does say she writes only to entertain. But I kept expecting a stand on this issue which is so relevant to Indian society. I was disappointed that I didn’t find it.

I give this book three stars.

Read it for Indian setting and a light read that makes no statements.

I was given a copy of the book in return for an honest,  unbiased review.

 
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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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The Author’s Thoughts

 

‘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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