Saturday, 28 September 2013

Hi everyone, I have had a change of address. Please join me at my new blog

It's been great sharing my writing journey with you all and hope you'll extend the same support at my new venue. So looking forward to seeing you there! Ta!

Here's the link to my new 'nook' once again :)

Many thanks and love

Saturday, 24 August 2013

For my online friends

Now I'm finally a published author one book old and this morning finishing a convo online I realised what was the best thing about this writing journey. 

Of course the book is a unique award and it's absolutely thrilling to have a published work and be able to say I've written this. But what I got were the priceless friends I've made on the way. Friends who've supported me sometimes in unexpected ways. Surprised me. Friends I can talk to in troubled times and those who understand and totally 'get' it. 

So this post is for my friends. I can't name you because I might miss someone, there are so many of you who helped in each of your unique special ways. But at the risk of getting soppy, much love to you all and thank you. Because without your contribution, I wouldn't be feeling so great at this point in my life. 

So as I finished the chat this morning,  I was filled with this warm fuzzy feeling and grateful to my book because it brought me inadvertently in contact with such awesome people. 

Do you have awesome friends? What is more important in being published?  The book or the journey?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Excerpt from my book - Bollywood Fiancé For A Day

Here's an excerpt from my book. Vishakha has been waiting for Bollywood actor Zaheer to show up. She's already upset over her broken engagement and waiting for him makes her even more angry. Who does he think he is. But the unrepentant actor is more than just annoying, she finds. Read some of their word exchange :

‘A girl like me?’ She threw his words back at him. ‘By the
way, what exactly do you mean by that?’
He shrugged, showing off sinewy shoulders. ‘Stuck-up.
Starchy. Clinging to trivialities.’
He didn’t believe in pulling punches, did he? ‘There’s no
need to be insulting or to act like I’m in the wrong. You were
aware of the whole schedule of this event. Or weren’t you?
These things get arranged months in advance, but you still
didn’t bother to turn up on time. Of course, you think you’re
entitled to do anything, being a celebrity.’
‘Well, it has its advantages.’ He raised his brows at her near
gasp. ‘What? Did you expect me to deny that?’ He grinned,
totally unconcerned, his famous, oddly endearing cheek clefts
showing up.
Frustration made her breathe in a quickened rhythm. For a
moment they looked at each other, locked in a silent exchange
of vibes—provoked and seething on her side, mocking but unruffled
on his. He spread his hands in a peace-making gesture.
‘Hey, don’t get uptight again. It only makes me want to
push your boundaries and see how uppity I can make you.’
Gold flecks showed in the warm hazel eyes. Somehow
they sent some errant signals to her system, which had her

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Today's post is at Mills and Boon India club about how love strikes unexpectedly.

Unexpected Love Encounters

Hi everyone,

I came across this very cute saying...
The best relationships usually begin unexpectedly

Do you believe in this? And if you don’t...have you heard about the couple who met through Facebook because they have the same name? Yes, really.
Isn’t it amazing when things happen at a totally unexpected place and time, yet turn out to be so right?.... 

Read the rest of the post here
and comment on their blog to win a copy of Bollywood Fiancé for a Day

Friday, 2 August 2013

Get To Know Sheritha Singh,

Hi everyone, please welcome Sheritha Singh on my blog. Sheritha is a writer of New Adult genre. Today, she'll share with us something of herself and her journey in the writing of her book 'Only Yours'.

1. Tell us something about yourself and how you got into writing?
I started writing at the age of twelve.  I loved reading and wondered what it would be like to write my own book.  I got started and haven’t stopped since.

2. What was the experience of writing your first book – easy as pie or as hard as nails?
My first “real” book – I say real because I took a writing course last year and identified common writing mistakes – was the most difficult thing ever.  Once I learned the dynamic of plot and writing style book two, which I am querying, became much easier.  I wrote Book one in a year and book two in a month.

3. What motivates you to write?
The characters who live in my head.

4. What inspired Only Yours, your manuscript on submission?
The sudden interest in New Adult. I wrote a New Adult book years ago and it wasn't well received.  The growth in this genre has been beneficial for me because I am stuck in this growth phase of my life. Lol.

5. Please describe your book briefly.
Twenty year old Riley Hart thought she left behind her traumatic past behind her when she settled on South Africa’s east coast two years ago and started over. When she snags a job that helps pay the rent and her college tuition fees Riley believes she’s truly moved on from her dark past. However her romance with her cricket star boss Liam David, is strained when subtle reminders of Riley’s past surface. Riley is forced to choose between Liam’s love and his safety – if she doesn't choose fast she’s risking Liam’s life.

6. Tell us about your main characters in your book?
Riley is an orphan, a loner who’s started over after being raised in an orphanage. She’s a part time student and a full time employee. Liam is an international cricket start who’s just taken over the reins of his father’s business.  Liam is instantly attracted to Riley and tells her so. He lives by the philosophy – life is too short to live in slow motions.  Riley’s traumatic past makes her more reserved. I've included memes from the book.


7. How do you overcome writer’s block?
I watch a lot of Indian movies.

8. Does writing get in your way of life?
Not really.  I’d rather write than waste time doing nothing.

9. What’s next in your writing plans?
I’m querying Only Yours.  If I don’t garner any requests I will self publish.

10. What is the best thing about writing?
Living the characters’ lives for a short while.  I learn a lot while researching my characters.

11.  And here comes our rapid fire round…
Favourite Movie?
My favourite movie of all time is Avatar. I also love grande Bollywood stories complete with song and dance like Om Shaanti Om and Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gam. 
Worst Movie?
It based on the book by Stephen King.  I am scared of clowns.
Any secret habits?
None really.
Actor you’d fall for in a heartbeat?
Salman Khan
Favourite Book?
Fallback Option when the fridge is empty
Nandos Portuguese styled grilled chicken.
What comforts you when things go bad?
My nephew
Your most comfortable outfit?
Leggings and a long t –shirt.

You can keep up with her latest news at her author page. 
You can follow her on Twitter @Shersinghzn

Thanks, Sheritha. Best wishes for your book and hope to hear its acceptance buzz soon!

And here's another of her lovely memes

Hope you enjoyed looking at those as much as I did. Thanks everyone! 
Ciao :)

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Cover reveal and Blurb

My book is going to the town (well, out there anyway) and now I finally have the costume ready. And what a dress it is...can't wait for it to step out in this finery. Do have a look and see if you agree!

Oh, what is it I hear? You know nothing about it?  Nobody is fond of blind dates, so I'll tell you something to get you better acquainted with it. Here's the blurb which will give you a look in how it is.

The man of her Bollywood dreams 

Winning the chance to meet the ultimate Bollywood heart-throb, Zaheer Saxena, is just what Vishakha needs to take her mind off her recent humiliation—being jilted the week before her wedding! And when gorgeous Zaheer offers to be her fake fiancé, the chance to save face with her family is just too tempting… 

It’s a deal that benefits them both—Zaheer is warding off any unwanted female attention until his next film is finished—but can Vishakha trust herself not to hope that her dream fiancé for a day will be her forever man?

So are you ready for an evening with my book? It will be near you soon. Hope you'll have a good time! :)

Btw, pop over to my page to keep up with my book updates