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Review – Scorched By His Fire by Reet Singh

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.

Buy links:

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

Flipkart : 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

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20653880-scorched-by-his-fire?from_search=true

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

Trouble has a new Name – New book release by Adite Banerjie

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.

 

 

Buy Links:

Flipkart.com                          

http://www.flipkart.com/trouble-has-new-name/p/itmdx9v2nfbruhsn?pid=9789351065135&otracker=from-search&srno=t_1&query=trouble+has+a+new+name&ref=02ff199a-9ec3-488f-8dc7-5b436fab2c43

Amazon.com (e-book only)   

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LENNARC

Harlequin

http://www.hqnindia.com/title/trouble-has-a-new-name

 

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/

 

 

Meet the author by K.M. Francoeur

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

Tornado #Giveaway

Today I have some exciting news. The Book Club is hosting a giant giveaway involving a multitude of authors and bloggers, myself included. There are hordes of prizes to be won. The rules are fairly simple and the loot is a biggie. So without much ado, I’ll let you have a look at the details….

Welcome to The Book Club’s very first Giveaway

Tornado Giveaway
We’re extremely excited about it. You will be toowhen you hear the details. Get ready to be blown away by Tornado Giveaway! 
A tornado of books is coming your way. We love our Authors. They give us hours of entertainment; they fill our lives with love and passion. Today, we want to do exactly that. Fill your life with love. This is a Romance Giveaway with a smattering of crime thrillers and a heartwarming family saga – to spice up your life.
Starting on the 1st of July we will introduce each of the twenty-three participating Authors on our Book Club page. Some you already know; some are new.  But all promise to keep you entertained with their words.
Believe it or not, we have 200 books to give away.  Didn’t we say, a Tornado is coming your way!  And there will be not one… not two … but 17 Winners who will get 17 books each and 6 Mega winners will get a chance to grab 22 books each.
How do you participate in this Giveaway? It’s simple… just follow the Rafflecopter(scroll down) and win all the books. 
So what are you waiting for?  Join us here as we introduce each author daily and get a sneak peek into their writing. Get ready to be swept away! 
 
The Rules….
Love Books of course 🙂
In the Rafflecopter follow the rules….
1. Like the Author Facebook Page – Mandatory – 1 point
2. Follow the author on Twitter -Mandatory- 2 points
3. Tweet on the dates mentioned in the Rafflecopter about the Author – Optional – 3 points
4. Like the Harlequin India Facebook Page – Mandatory – 5 points
5. Like the Indireads Facebook Page -Mandatory – 5 points 
6. Like The Book Club Facebook Page -Mandatory –  5 points
 
23AUTHORS; 23 NOVELS; 17 WINNERS6 MEGA WINNERS 

 

Participating Authors

 

Name of the Book Name of the Author Date of Post
Scarlet Revenge Ann McGinnis 1st July
Saving Justice Tasman Gibb 2nd July
The Perfect Groom Sumeetha Manikandan 3rd July
Wilde Riders Savannah Young 4th July
Scorched by His Fire Reet Singh 5th July
When I see your Face Devika Fernando 6th July
The Malhotra Bride Sundari Venkatraman 7th July
Butterfly Season Natasha Ahmed 8th July
The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal Adite Banerjie 9th July
Bootie and the Beast Falguni Kothari 10th July
Full Circle Yamini Vijendran 11th July
Bollywood Fiance For a Day Ruchi Vasudeva 12th July
The Truth About De Campo Jennifer Hayward 13th July
Twelve Hours of Temptation Shoma Narayanan 14th July
Monsoon Memories Renita D’Silva 15th July
His Captive Indian Princess Tanu Jain 16th July
The Return of the Rebel Jennifer Faye 17th July
Rapid Fall Adiana Ray 18th July
Kingdom Come Aarti V Raman 19th July
Crossing the line Nicola Marsh 20th July
India was one An Indian 21st July
Lily’s Leap Téa Cooper 22nd July
Love’s Labour Andy Paula 23rd July

 

All the Best Dear Readers…

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON 30TH JULY
Participating Blogs
 
Bloggers/Writers Blogging @
Aarti V Raman Rt_Writes
Adiana Ray Rayyyydays
Adite Banerjie AditeBanerjie
An Indian India Was One
Ann McGinnis Ann McGinnis
Arti Metroreader Arti Metroreader
Bhavya NK Ishithaa
Devika Fernando Devika Fernando
Dola Basu Singh Shiuli
Falguni Kothari Falguni Kothari
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Eloquent Articulation
Janaki Nagaraj Memoirs of A Homemaker
Jennifer Faye Jennifer Faye
Jennifer Hayward Jennifer Hayward
Jigar Doshi Jigar Doshi
Parichita Singh Parichita
Natasha Ahmed Dear Rumi
Nicola Marsh Nicola Marsh
Nikita Soni Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff
Pooja Abhay Thoughtless Ramifications
Reet Singh Reet Singh
Renita D’Silva Renita D’Silva
Rubina Ramesh The Book Club
Ruchi Vasudeva Ruchi Vasudeva
Savannah Young Savannah Young
Shoma Narayanan Shoma Narayanan
Sonia Rao soniaraowrites
Sumeetha Manikandan Books Reviews by Sumi
Sundari Venkatraman Flaming Sun
Tanu Jain tanurja’s Blog
Tasman Gibb Tasman Gibb
Téa Cooper Tea Cooper
Usha Narayanan Usha Narayanan
Yamini Vijendran Straight from the heart
Andy Paula Andy Paula
 
This Giveaway is hosted by The Book Club. A group of Writers and Bloggers who have come together to spread the works of different authors from around the globe. 
 
 
Logo design by Natasha Ahmed
A special thank you to Adite Banerjie, Sundari Venkatraman and Dola Basu Singh. Without you this Giveaway was not possible. 

 
So what did I say?;)
I’ll be hosting spotlight from various authors to keep you in the know. Meanwhile check the Book Club page where everyday a new author will be spotlighted along with the number of free copies on the offer.
What more could a book lover ask this summer? 🙂

Writing process blog tour: My Writing Process – Ruchi Vasudeva

Hi everyone! Today is Blog Tour Day. This blog tour is where writers answer questions about their writing process (or in other words – head banging 😉 at least for me!)

YA author and dear friend Sheritha Singh posted about her writing last week. You can check out her writing process here.

Here’ s how I eke out the words on my keyboard and what’s going on in my writing these days. Cue here a picture of a big ponderous tortoise to get an idea of my speed 😉

What am I working on?

Right now, I’m writing a story about college lovers who separated due to their different life choices and now are finding their way back to each other again. They have to work past their differences which are quite a truckload.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

It’s a romance, a contemporary one. It is different for me in the way these characters are opening up to each other, layer by layer – excuse the metaphor 😉 The romance is going to test the emotional limits of these two especially the hero. He has avoided facing what he grew up with and if he wants things to work with her, he’s going to face some tough choices. The question is, can he do what it will take to win her back?

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Why do I write what I do?

Honestly I don’t know, that’s the way ideas begin to unroll for me. I see the beginning of the characters in people and situations in the world around me and the trails people are facing, then a combination of different ideas makes the story roll. Sometimes it’s an uphill struggle, like this story. I just had to write one short scene in a park and somehow it took me two days to get it done because I couldn’t find the point of that scene, though I knew it had to be there to get from point B to C. I like to read romantic stories so maybe that’s why I write them. Having grown up on a diet of harlequin and also historicals and the classics, my stories do tend to be a mixture of escapism combined with groundedness. Or so I’m told 🙂

How does your writing process work?
I wish there was a process! For me writing rarely happens in the way of smoothly churning out words. It’s more like sketching, shading, shaping and filling in colours, adding hues and then putting the tiny signature at the corner. I get down the basic idea and work on it over and over to smooth out the unreasoning parts. Thankfully, I have now cut down on jumping ahead and writing the future scenes first. Because that used to really make me rewrite a lot. Now I just keep doing the touch ups till the editor pronounces it done.

Thanks for reading about me. Next week catch the writing process of these authors:

Adite Banerjie — Adite is a screenwriter based in New Delhi, India. She turned romance author when her first Harlequin romance, The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal, released in 2013. Her second book, Trouble Has a New Name, comes out in July 2014. She loves to travel, watch movies and play with her Irish Setter when she’s not stuck to her computer struggling with her current WIP.

Reet Singh — Reet, a medical professional, has a romantic soul. Most of it is probably inherited from parents who have loved each other dearly forever, but a lot is attributable to the romantic fiction she devours by the kilo. When she’s not doctoring people, and when she is not writing, she watches romcoms on the telly, does creative things with wool and a crochet hook, struggles with the daily crossword or with online Scrabble. Occasionally, she can be found in the kitchen putting together her ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals – world famous because family scattered all across the face of the earth has, at one point or the other in their lives, encountered a meal that they couldn’t guess the constituents of, but found finger-licking good nevertheless. Married for three decades, her prototypical tall, handsome, and sensitive alpha-husband still makes her heart skip a beat. Writing about love and happy endings feeds her romantic soul and brings to a full circle her love affair with Mills and Boon®, from reading them ardently to writing them. Reet’s website is http://reetsingh.in. Write to her at reetsingh.author@gmail.com; tweet to her at @AuthorReet.

Aarti V Raman — Aarti lives in Mumbai, India and has a degree in mass media from Mumbai University. She has always dreamed of being either a writer or a lawyer and decided to pursue a writing career from a very early stage.
Aarti has already published a romantic thriller under the name Aarti V and has more works coming out in 2014 with Harlequin and Knox Robinson. Her childhood dream of writing romance (contemporary and historical) has finally come true and she hopes to continue this fantastic journey with many more love stories and fascinating characters. Aarti loves to watch movies, TV series and read other romances and travel to different places in order to find a new hero and a new story. She loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her at www.facebook.com/aarti.v.raman or her blog at www.williaminashakespearewrites.blogspot.in or on Twitter @Rt_writes

Do let me know how you found the idea of the blog tour and this post. Bye for now!

Twenty Questions with… Ruchi Vasudeva

Hi! Here’s my interview with Carina UK author Aurelia B. Rowl. She has some quirky questions for me 🙂 Read on…over to Aurelia now.

Twenty Questions with… Ruchi Vasudeva

Stopping by my blog for a round of Twenty Questions today is Ruchi Vasudeva, author of You Can’t Fight A Hollywood Attraction, recently released by Harlequin.

I have known Ruchi for almost as long as I have been writing, having met in the virtual sense in a writers’ support group on Facebook, so I am delighted to see that her journey to publication is going from strength to strength.

ACT ONE – ALL ABOUT YOU…

Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and, in her own words, an author by destiny. The writing bug has long resided in her and a contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave her a golden opportunity to have her dream realized. She debuted in August ’13 with her book Bollywood Fiancé For A Day. Her new releaseYou Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction is her second book, both being published by Harlequin. She also won a contest for getting a short story published with Harper Collins which will be published soon. She writes romantic fiction with conflicted characters who come into their own in their quest of reaching out for love. She loves to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes.

She lives with her husband and two kids. When not bent double over the laptop, she might be found with her nose in books or munching nachos at the movies or glued to the telecast of Team India or Chennai Super Kings in action! She likes to take long walks which help in brewing story ideas. 

1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into?

I used to love writing even during school years. While in college I was almost conflicted whether to give up a medical career for a literary one. Medical won that round and naturally writing took a backseat. I did steal a bit of time now and then to pen down story ideas but that was about it till, with the kids growing up and some time on my hands, the writing germ began to grow again. The Harlequin Passions contest for Indian author came along and the rest is history 🙂

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual?

Have to confess my writing has no order let alone any style. I pen down the dialogues between the characters to get a feel of where the story is likely to go and then write it in short form before filling it up during the rewrite. I can write anywhere if the story is going well. The kitchen, backseat of the car, a quiet room, a crowded bus, practically anywhere!

3) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing?

I used to be a proliferative Harlequin reader, still read them, so I think the natural bend to write happy-ever-afters comes from that. Authors who have left an impression are many, the foremost being Jane Austen, Penny Jordan, Georgette Heyer and Sidney Sheldon.

4) Is there one piece of writing (or life?) advice that has stuck with you, or that you would like to share?

I read somewhere that Penny Jordan’s editor gave her this advice : always ask ‘what if’ and ‘why not?’ I think of these words a lot. Makes me think of new avenues when a story gets stuck. 

5) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know?

Hmm, I’m an incessant worrier, I worry about everything! I get part of the exercise I need while waiting for lentils to boil 😉 I love junk food…now I can’t look kids in the eye ever again! 

6) What five luxury items or gadgets would you hate to be without?

My smartphone, my BlackBerry, laptop, food processor and washing machine! 

ACT TWO – ALL ABOUT YOUR NEW RELEASE…

Playing with fire. Who says it isn’t fun?

The last thing Rihaan needs in his life is to play host to a woman who drives him crazy! Saira is gorgeous, yes, but she’s also wildly infuriating. Yet every time she comes within an inch of him he finds his normally iron-clad control slipping further and further away…

Wanting to protect herself from more heartbreak, Saira knows she should keep her distance from Rihaan —but there’s something about him she just can’t seem to resist… Little does she know that Rihaan is hiding a secret! When it comes to light will it tear them apart —or raise their passion to new, more majestic heights?

7) Congratulations on your recent release of You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction; what was your inspiration for writing Rihaan and Saira’s story?

The inspiration came while I was writing my first book for Harlequin,Bollywood Fiancé For A Day. Saira was the heroine’s stepsister in that book. I couldn’t help thinking of her point of view and gradually she became a character who had to have her story told. She was such a fiery and fearless character, a woman who had her share of mistakes and growing out of them, it was  fascinating to go along with her on her journey. 

8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

The beginning took a few rewrites but after that the book really took off. I was on a deadline which might have accounted for the jetspeed writing! 🙂

9) How long did it take for the initial spark of the story to make it onto the page and then onto the publisher’s desk?

The story idea came in December but I wasn’t really paying much attention to it then. When my editor and I were discussing ideas for my second book then the story began to form. The first three chapters took about two weeks.  I think I wrote the rest of the first rough draft in less than a month. Then after polishing and revising for 15-20 days, it became presentable enough to be submitted. So around two months in total.  

10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence from your story that you would like to tantalise us with?

Here it is. It happens when Rihaan grows distant to her and she is incensed about it.

‘Even you don’t find it easy to ignore it, do you?’ she asked bluntly, facing him in a moment of defiance, then she went forward. ‘Show me how one reasons with this.’ She flung her arms around his neck and brought his head down till she was kissing him.

Anger. Desire. Frustration. Everything mingled in the kiss. The need to make him understand. The need to vent her anger because he didn’t understand. And then there was another need. The need to just experience…

11) Over to you, what can you tell us about You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction to make us rush out and buy it?

If you like fiery heroines who stand by their believes and grow stronger from their mistakes; if you like enigmatic, hard-to-read heroes protective towards those they love, you’ll enjoy every second of reading You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now? 

I have one story out in an anthology being published in May by Harper Collins India. I’m working on a couple of other projects which are in the first draft stage. 

QUICK FIRE ROUND – IT’S POP QUIZ TIME…

13) Plotter or pantser?

Plotter till the charting of characters and situation; pantser for rest of the book.

14) Digital books or print books?

Both but slightly inclined towards print.

15) Tea or coffee?

Both again! but tea is more my cuppa tea 😉

16) Extrovert or introvert?

Introvert. But like the company of family and friends. 

17) Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter. It’s quick and makes you value your words. That’s not to say I don’t dally on facebook all too often 🙂

18) Christmas or birthday?

Birthday. 

19) Morning person or night owl?

Night owl reformed into morning person 🙂

20) Sweet or savoury?

Sweet. Love chocolate desserts!

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Ruchi, I wish you every success with your new release.

Thanks, Aurelia, your questions were so fun, though the choices were tough to pick I can tell you! Enjoyed being here a lot.

To discover even more about Ruchi Vasudeva, and to keep up with her latest projects, you can visit her at:

FACEBOOK     TWITTER     BLOG     WEBSITE

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ISBN: 9789351062622
Released: 3 December 2013

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EXCERPT…

What was it about that cool hauteur that made her want to play with fire?

‘Of course you’re no danger to me in a…’ deliberately she let her gaze run over him ‘…a sexual way, are you?’

He didn’t miss it, and nor did he miss the insolence she project- ed. She could see his mouth tighten in controlled annoyance. For a wild minute she wished he’d let loose, and the unreasoning thought made her heartbeat pick up.

‘Are you trying to challenge me?’

Her heart jumped up at the deep voice laced with mockery. Coward, she derided herself. Surely she wasn’t frightened of him?

‘No challenge for you, surely? You can hardly stand the sight of me,’ she reminded him.

‘Am I supposed to jump on you in fervent denial of that statement, swearing that I can’t keep my hands off you?’ A dark eyebrow rose. ‘Sorry, but your little game won’t wash, Sehgal.’

Irritatingly, he’d addressed her by her surname again. ‘Oh, how astute you are, Khehra!’ She widened her eyes. ‘You catch on so fast I guess I’ll have to watch myself more around you.’ She formed a pout, aware of his gaze moving to her mouth, feeling an unreasonable thrill as it did. She must be mad. Or starved of fun. But somehow she couldn’t not try to get a reaction out of that stone monument.

His eyes narrowed. ‘Whatever you’re trying to do, I’m not looking for trouble—and I’d advise you not to go poking around for it either.’

‘So disappointing!’ She shook her head sorrowfully. ‘Here I was, getting thrilled to bits that we’re going to have this week-end. Just us. Lonesome. Twosome.’

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Six Tips for Writing First Chapters of Your Story

Nowadays, writing competitions have become quite the thing for publishers to draw in new talent. Having found my way into publishing through a writing contest myself, I’m all for participation in these kind of online hunts. Some require a full manuscript like the Harlequin SYTYCW. Most others however just require your story’s synopsis and a partial. Like the Passions contest that Harlequin holds every season in December-January for aspiring Indian authors. It is ongoing and you can check out the details here. Last date to enter, 25th Jan, ’14.

So how to go about preparing for a contest? They say, well begun is half done. Well prepared is target secured. Any contest is both difficult and rewarding. Difficult as it takes nerves to enter and rewarding because one always learns from experience. Writing contests are no different except that an aspiring writer contestant is especially sensitive to rejection. It’s important when you enter a contest to first keep in mind that ANY outcome is possible. Second, to repeat to yourself, ‘I’ll give it my best shot.’ Over and over. If you do, you’ll have no reproach for yourself at least, however it ends…and who knows you may be next one shortlisted! From my experience of entering writing contests, and winning both of them, I’ve compiled some tips. Also I’ve included the input from all I learnt during the writing of the initial chapters of my first book, Bollywood Fiancé fora Day and the second, You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction I’ve listed them in order of what looks important to me:

Opening scene: The opening scene should draw the reader in. Right into the world you have created. What is your character doing as the story opens? What is she/he feeling? Is your character worried while driving? Does she accidentally miss the turn signal of car in front? What happened then? Create a situation where the readers (or your judges) can’t help but read on to find out what happens next.

Build a problem: Is your heroine (or hero) in trouble? Why? Who could help her? Why wouldn’t she take help from him? Always go deep into a character’s reasons. Why. That simple word leads to so many possibilities. The late Penny Jordan, romance author extraordinaire once said, the most important of the tips her editor gave her was: always ask why.

Interaction of characters: In romance you have two main characters. Have them in the scene together as soon as possible. That sounds like a tall order for a first chapter. You would say, what about explaining the setting, the situation, the background? But just think, if you don’t show them together here, you may miss the chance to make a strong initial impression. The first chapters, mostly first three are asked for in a partial, should not just set up the story but also hint at the first turning point. So have your characters interacting as soon as possible. Show what the heroine feels for the hero and he for her. How do they happen to be in the situation? Is it planned? Or coincidence? Does she want to avoid him? Will she succeed? Build up the curiosity factor.

Tension: Show the tension between the characters. Awareness. Attraction. Conflict. Does she drop something in her confusion when near him? Most heroes aren’t bumbling but a little tug at his necktie would be endearing, don’t you think? Tension between Hero/heroine is a must in a Mills and Boon! 🙂 And even in other genres, tension, implied and manifest, is a desirable ingredient.

Sympathy for the characters: Have the reader sympathize with your character. If the hero turns the heroine’s troubled aunt out of her house, it’s a very strong conflict between the characters but would the reader sympathize with someone like that? Would you? You’d most likely kick such an insensitive brute. Always keep your character if not lovable, at least understandable. For more on characters, go here.

Make it read-worthy: Last but not least the grammar. Spell check. Read. Revise. Watch your tenses. Double check your verbs. Make your presentation the best it can be. Also always follow the specifications given under the contest rules.

So do remember, begin with a strong opening scene, build a problem, have your characters interact and show tension between them. Make your characters lovable, always spell check and make your work presentable.

Sharing your work can be scary. If you’ve submitted or made a decision to submit your entry to a writing competition, you’re already to be congratulated. If you’re reading this to improve it, double congratulations, because you have decided to go after this writing thing and you’re already interested in making it better. So are you trying your luck? Good luck to all the entrants and remember, if you’re pursuing your dream, you’re a winner!

Write with love,

Ruchi.

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