Monday, March 16, 2020

Cover Reveal :: 'Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters' by Shilpa Suraj

And the wait is over for the next one from the prolific author Shilpa Suraj...

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Blurb:

She believes in love, family and…squiggles!


Alisha Rana is not your typical single desi girl. For one, she is on the wrong side of 30.  For another, she is divorced. And last but definitely not least, she is still, gasp, a virgin!

Alisha doesn’t want much. But what she does want is that elusive thing all women search for – A man who gets her…but a man who gets her hot! She calls it “feeling the squiggle.”

Enter Dr. Vivaan Kapoor, cute, hot, squiggle-worthy. The younger brother of her cousin's prospective groom, he’s got the squiggle factor in spades. The only catch? He's never been married and is years younger than Alisha. Basically, completely off-limits.

And then there is Arjun. Widowed, older than her by the right number of years and a genuinely nice guy. He's Vivaan’s cousin and a so-called perfect match for Alisha. The problem is, Alisha’s squiggle-o-meter refuses to budge for him.

What will Alisha choose? A lifetime together with the 'right' man or a chance at happiness with the 'wrong' one?

About the Author:


Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Spotlight On :: 'No Other Love' by Aarti V Raman from 'Something Old, Something New'

A DRA Production

Seven bestselling authors. Seven incredible second chance romances. One epic anthology.

What would you do for another chance with the one you love?

Something Old, Something New - a unique novella anthology - tries to answer this question with fantastic, different, desi dramas.

Whether it is shapeshifters or shifting interracial relationships, single moms in small towns or rich alpha heroes, friends-to-lovers or passionate ex-husbands; this anthology has something for everyone.

Something Old, Something New explores the many different facets of love, forgiveness, fated mates and more in seven, distinctly Indian tales!



No Other Love by Aarti V Raman


Can they live with the reality of each other, when no other love will do?

Once upon a time, Drs. Vikrant and Anika had their happy ending...until they ruined it with pride, ego, and ambition.

When Vikrant Pandit, GP, left his wife to go back to Aronda, the small town he grew up in, he imagined it was forever.

A year later... he's back. Worse, he needs Anika's help.

Anika Banerjee, MD, was destroyed when Vikrant left. Taking her heart with him. But when he asks her for help, she is unable to deny the only man she's ever loved.

Anika agrees to pretend they’re still married. But living together brings to light bittersweet revelations and red-hot desire.

Can they live with the reality of each other when no other love will do?



Read an Excerpt from 'No Other Love'


“So, tell us about running a hospital for the poor people, yaar?” Dr. Vinod Swamy asked with a snicker.

Anika closed her eyes as she heard her husband’s reluctant laugh. It was low, throaty, entirely too masculine for her peace of mind. It was melting her bitterness and she couldn’t stand it.

“Don’t be silly, Swamy,” Anika said, as she shouldered her way to the forefront of the gaggle of admirers. “Vik isn’t running a charitable hospital. It’s a small clinic in the middle of nowhere. And,” she aimed a nasty, vicious smile at poor Swamy. “I’ve seen the houses in Aronda. None of them are poor, man.”

Swamy smiled uncertainly while an awkward silence reigned around the group.

“Anika, I thought you were in NICU,” Dr. Anu said, finally. “I was just going to text you but you know how bad the network is on the fifth floor.” Anu had tried to mediate between her and Vikrant back when a mediation might have actually worked between them.

“Yep, I know,” Anika said.

She still didn’t look at Vikrant, even though she knew she had his attention. Say what you will but the man was predictable. If she was anywhere in the vicinity he was looking at her. Silent, with intense focus. Too bad that is all he did.

Talking was not his strong suit.

Anika couldn’t believe she’d found his silent, brooding neurosis hot once upon a time. What a silly, immature girl she’d been.

The silence continued for a few more seconds before Dr. Tripathi cleared his throat as his phone beeped. “Hey, look at that. I have a patient to look at. So nice to have you back, Vikrant.” He slapped Vikrant on the shoulder. “We have to hang out outside of this hellhole before you leave again.”

“Sure, Ashok. I’ll text you, okay?”

That was the secret cue for everyone to disperse until it was just Anika and Vikrant at the huge booth. She remained standing and he was sitting.

He looked the absolute same – same scruffy beard, piercing, unreadable eyes. Maybe he’d lost a little bit of weight around the cheeks but the rest of him looked the same. Tall and vital and strong.

She hated him for it.

Finally, Vikrant broke the silence. He leaned back against the booth, resting one long arm on the headrest. “That wasn’t necessary, you know.”

“What wasn’t?” Anika kept her eyes trained on his face, even though she wanted to look at his shoulders. She used to sit there. Right next to him, safe in the circle of his arm. Chipku, he used to call her. Sticky. She’d been so stuck on him.

It was horrifying but tears unexpectedly spurted in her eyes. She blinked rapidly, clenching her fists in an effort to stop them.

“Attacking Swamy and Anu. They were just trying to defuse the situation.”

“The situation being me, right?”

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About the Author:

Aarti V Raman is a hybrid author of more than ten bestselling novels of romantic women’s fiction. She is the co-founder of Desi Readers Adda, India’s first Facebook community by bestselling multi-genre authors for readers to discuss books and reading in a safe, inclusive space.

A former business journalist turned full-time writer, Aarti’s more notable works include Kingdom Come, the Geeks of Caltech series, More Than You Want, The Perfect Fake among others. Aarti is also a columnist, public speaker, and an amateur poet.



Giveaway:

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Spotlight :: 'Paper Hearts and Promises' by Devika Fernando from 'Something Old Something New'

A DRA Production

Seven bestselling authors. Seven incredible second chance romances. One epic anthology. 

What would you do for another chance with the one you love? 

Something Old, Something New - a unique novella anthology - tries to answer this question with fantastic, different, desi dramas. 

Whether it is shapeshifters or shifting interracial relationships, single moms in small towns or rich alpha heroes, friends-to-lovers or passionate ex-husbands; this anthology has something for everyone.  

Something Old, Something New explores the many different facets of love, forgiveness, fated mates and more in seven, distinctly Indian tales!


Paper Hearts and Promises by Devika Fernando

Seven years later, their paper hearts and promises still mean the world!



Happy running her little crafts shop and making a lifelong dream come true, the last thing Taara needs is to be reminded of heartbreak. But when Luke, the handsome architect from Australia—and the first man she ever loved—is thrown back into her life, the past and the present collide. She should absolutely not listen to her feelings and jeopardize her stable future, no matter how tempting a second chance seems.

When Luke returns to India after seven years, the last thing he expects is to meet Taara again. He’s here on business, not to lose his heart to the one woman who’s haunted his dreams for entirely too long. Why then does he feel like fighting for what seemed irrevocably lost? Why can’t he resist temptation?

Read an Excerpt from Paper Hearts and Promises


Impulsively, he grasped her hands, which made her stop dead in her tracks. “I’ll treasure this forever,” he said with feeling, watching her breathing speed up. “The time with you, and the fact that you didn’t haul me from site to site but gave this some thought and chose various architectural highlights.”
A blush crept over her face, and her lids lowered. When she lifted her gaze back to his, her eyes shone with a light he hadn’t seen for seven years. “I was hoping you’d appreciate it. And I…” She hesitated, bit her lip. “I’m enjoying the time with you too, Luke.”
A car honked loudly not far away, and they jumped apart like teenagers caught necking under the staircase.
“One more item,” Taara said, her tone all brusque and business-like. She pulled her dupatta tighter around herself, and Luke could’ve kicked his own butt for flustering her.
The driver braved the hellish traffic again as the sun set in a fiery blaze over Chennai. He parked at the Express Avenue shopping mall, and Taara finally broke the silence. Looking suddenly shy and uncertain, she fidgeted with the hem of her embroidered kurta.
“I have a suggestion. But please don’t feel pressured into saying yes.”
Instantly curious, Luke sat up straighter. “I’m saying yes.”
She blinked. “What? But…you don’t even know what I’m going to suggest.”
He grinned. “I don’t care. This afternoon has been heaps of fun, and I’ve always trusted your judgment. So the answer is yes.”
Taara tilted her head and stared at him, and he had the weird feeling she was peering right into his soul. Or maybe his heart? And if so, would she see how much she still meant to him?
After a seemingly endless moment, she nodded once. Then a smile almost fierce in its brightness lit her features. “Yes it is then.”
He felt his mouth stretch in an answering smile. “Awesome. Now what’s the suggestion?”


About the Author:

Having always loved to read and write, Devika Fernando made her dream come true in 2014 when she became a self-published novelist. The author with German and Sri Lankan roots has released more than 15 novels in the genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional stories with authentic characters. Many of her books feature multicultural couples in international settings.


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