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Keep calm Nanowrimoers, it’s not 30th Nov yet!

To motivate the Nanowrimo participants, I’ve posted this on the Wrimo India blog. Read on…

So you’ve taken the leap into the giant wok of Nanowrimo and now find yourself floundering in the slippery oil of written – and unwritten- words. All around you, people are announcing they have crossed the mark, causing the pressure to mount as though you are the last wicket of Team India on the crease, required to score a winning six. A difficult but not impossible task. So keep calm. Not the count-to-ten type of keep calm. Rather, take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves and get typing. Yes, buddy, this is no time to be complacent!

Before we discuss the strategies which might help us go on, let’s examine why we lose our cool in this war of words J

Causes of panic

Help! I didn’t save my file The very top-of-the-list problem. And the most dangerous. It’s one of the things easy to know in theory and far easier to forget in practice. Nowadays you have a number of ways to backup. Dropbox. Pen drives. Hard disk storage. Even easier to do, just email the work to yourself. Back up, back up, back up…should be your hourly or rather every minute mantra!

My Muse has absconded! Muses are so apt to do that. Just when you need them the most. Though you might wish to, you can’t catch and bring back your Muse by scruff of his/her neck. The blank screen is the writer’s arch enemy but you have to find a way to beat it. One sure way is to read over what you’ve written and find that link, that off shoot that you forgot to explore. Now is the time to blend that loose thread in your story and make it stronger. Maybe your character left an old job to take up the current position. So why did she leave it? Get to the reason and it might show you a side of your character you never thought existed. Now you can write with a deeper understanding of your character.

For more ways to beat the writer’s block, check out this post from me.

Inner editor has woken up! The Inner Editor. Visualize Skeletor. Doctor Doom. Mahishasura. Inner editor is the enemy of the state for Nanowrimo-ers. There is only one weapon to tackle it. Only one word. IGNORE. Or prepare for your Nano winning dream to crash. This is not the time to worry about inserting the proper synonym or tempering your excessive adverb indulgence. Whether you write ‘walk quickly’ or ‘run’, just describe the action and get on with it. December is for fussing over things like that.

Now the positive steps to take to win this race. Read the rest of the post here.
So how do you motivate yourself or others in writing? Comments are always welcome.

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Cover reveal – You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction

I’m jumping with excitement on receiving my second book’s cover art. Thanks so much to Harlequin who have outdone themselves…yes, I think so at all costs! If you’re on my facebook or twitter network you can’t have missed it, because I was shrieking for joy posting it all over the place 🙂 For those who haven’t had a look, here it is.

EE19 COVER_1Isn’t it fab? Excuse me while I dance a jig!

I love, love, love the mood which is exactly in tune with my characters Rihaan and Saira. Can’t wait to have the book in my hands…and of course the readers’ hands.

Now that I’ve got all over your nerves, will quieten and step down…

…though please keep the spotlight on the pic for a wee while yet!

🙂

Book Review – The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage deal by Adite Banerjie

Blurb

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Krish Dev needs to find a bride—and quick! With a marriage arranged by his father looming, Krish finds the key to his freedom in Maya Shome, but is this dazzling beauty really all she seems…?
Maya has only one thing in mind: revenge. But when the host of the most exclusive high society party asks her to dance what is meant to be an innocent tango leads to an engagement to Krish—her enemy’s son!
Arranging their own marriage could work to their advantage…if they can resist mixing business with pleasure!

The story is a Mills and Boon romance, set in India with Indian characters. It revolves around the two protagonists Maya and Krish and the theme of revenge. Maya has a grudge against Krish’s father who ruined her father and thereby made her childhood a misery. Krish on the other hand wants to fight free of his father’s domination. Both meet with different agendas in mind but find it hard to resist each other.

I love Adite’s writing style and descriptions. She has a racy way of telling the tale which makes the book a quick read. The heroine has suffered in her life and one really feels for her. All the typical Harlequin elements are present so it’s a treat for Mills and Boon Indian readers. The hero isn’t as Alpha as you usually see in category romance, he’s quite human and has his share of flaws as he fights the domineering father quite vividly portrayed in the story.

Read this for racy style, strong descriptions and Indian characters.

I give Adite’s debut five stars for readability (hooking the reader), four stars for concept and a good take away impression.

Have you read this book? Do you read Mills and Boon or other romances and have you tried any of the Mills and Boon Indian author books?  Tell me about your favourite romantic story in the comments.

Book Review – To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mocking Bird, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, published in 1960 is acclaimed as a classic in American literature. I read it as the story of innocence jumping into sometimes brutally indigestible wisdom. It takes you on a journey into childhood that says however secluded you are, you learn things or have them blown into your face. It deals with racial injustice but from such an entrancing point of view that you’re lured into the narrative.

It made me look inwards and around and realize how great a load of prejudices we do carry and how variety of prejudices have been imbibed way deep into the society so that sometimes it is bypassed and even taken as a matter of course. The more we grow, the more immune we become.  However, the book gives you also the fatalistic life goes on and even a silver lining ending and the  hope for change. All this melds with the child’s growing up and learning that you can be a participant and if you have someone who can guide you the right way you can take something away from it and gel back into the world you live in.

The only thing I found difficult to contend with in this book was the somewhat meandering pace. Yes, it was faithful to its story world and characters.But very difficult to wade through at least in the first half. Since the blurb didn’t give any hint of the main characters, I had to leaf through and find out if the story concerned their childhood only or somewhere they were going to enter adulthood. Yes, I’m impatient but it helped me fit the story into a time frame so I could settle back to read once I knew where it was headed. After the middle though it really took off and in the end was satisfying. You know like when you press a button and expect to hear a click. The click was right in place. Though I wouldn’t have minded reading about a sequel in which they were all grown up. All the characters were riveting. Though I applauded his way of dealing with the kids’ curiosity, I did find Atticus a hard parent but then me being  a slightly overprotective mom, maybe I was bound to do that.

In short, it’s a story faithful to the theme and delivering a thumping point in a gentle telling.

I give it three stars for hooking the reader (readability), five stars on concept, five star for my takeaway impression.
If you want a book to make you think and touch your heart, go for this.

If you’ve read it, what was your impression? Did you like Atticus and uphold his parental policies? Did you find the first half difficult to get through like me? 🙂 Do share your views, would love to hear!

Meet Tanu Jain, Indian author for Harlequin

Hi everyone! Today I have Tanu Jain, the newest Indian author for Harlequin, on my blog. Let’s get to know her through a question and answer session.

  • Hi Tanu! Tell us something about yourself and how you got into writing?

Thank you, Ruchi for featuring me on your blog.  It’s great to meet a fellow writer.

I have been creating stories since childhood though most of them have never seen the light of the day! I am a die-hard romantic and have always been an avid Mills and Boon fan. About five years ago, having checked out the submission guidelines on the internet, I decided I would write a Mills and Boon and got down to work. My first attempt was about a Greek hero and an English heroine and predictably, it was rejected by the editors. By then the characters of my present book, Gauri and Vikram had insidiously crept upon me and they made me write their story. I sent it off hoping against hope because till then Harlequin hadn’t begun publishing the Indian theme romances. I waited for a year and then to my joyous shock got the confirmatory email from the editor.  Seeing my name on that little blue book is a dream come true.

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

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
It’s been a long journey and there have been times of despair as well as times of joy but at the end of the day the contentment of reading what one has written, the joy of sharing a part of oneself is what gives meaning to life.

  • What motivates you to write?

I think it’s a matter of one’s passion. Imagining, writing and expressing are as necessary as breathing and that is the sole spur required.

As A. Pope says,

“On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail,

Reason the card, but passion the gale.”

Stories beg to be told, characters clamour to come out and on a lighter note, I would like to emphasise that not paying heed to them can prove detrimental to one’s health.

  • How do you overcome writer’s block?

I sit down with my children and watch whatever they are watching on television — a movie, English series or cartoon film!

  • Does writing get in your way of life?

Writing is in fact what de stresses me,  enlivens and keeps me going.

  • What inspired “His Captive Indian Princess”?

Our country has an extremely rich cultural history and love stories of our kings and queens and royal love legends have always fascinated me. On one of my excursions to an ancient fort the heroine of my book, Gauri careened into my musings and I could almost espy Vikram the hero who was heading towards us in a relentless pursuit. I decided I would give them a happy ending and now that their conflicts have been resolved they can be seen strolling around the same fort, ecstatically, hand in hand. J

  • Please describe your book briefly.

The blurb…

Banished from her dynastic family home by her grandmother, Gauri Rao has lived under the weight of scandal. But now her past has come back to find her in the shape of deliciously handsome and dangerously powerful Vikram Singh. With the Rao family in tatters, Vikram has promised Gauri’s father he will track down his daughter and bring her back – at all costs. Yet somehow, the naïve girl who ran away has blossomed into an independent woman. Vikram is not used to taking no for an answer… has he finally met his match?

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  • Tell us about the main characters in your book.

The heroine Gauri  is the illegitimate daughter of the erstwhile ruler of Mogragarh, Maharaj Sambhaji Rao. She has faced many trials and tribulations in her life. The hero Vikramaditya Singh also belongs to royalty and he is the heroine’s brother’s best friend. He too had an unhappy and tragic childhood. The protagonists thus, know each other since childhood and practically grow up together.  But they are barely able to tolerate each other and end up fighting most of the time. But beneath their dislike and irritation a mutual attraction simmers. “His Captive Indian Princess” traces their journey as they become aware of their mutual passion and overcome their prejudices, grow as human beings, gain self knowledge and surmount obstacles to find a happy ending.

  • What’s next in your writing plans?

I’m frantically trying to finish my second book.

Thanks so much for your visit, Tanu and also for regaling us with the nice quotes. Enjoyed getting to know about you and your book. 

You can get in touch with her at:

tanurja@yahoo.com
You can buy the book at :

www.Hqnindia.com
www.infibeam.com
books.rediff.com
www.flipkart.com

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