Sunday, December 23, 2018

Spotlight :: 'The Secrets of Ghostwriting' by D. R Downer




The Secrets of Ghostwriting 
by D. R Downer


 

A guide that will tell you everything there is to know about the big, bad, mysterious, and often misunderstood world of Ghostwriting.

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Other books in this series

Why Go Indie? 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing  Vol 1
by Devika Fernando

Walking on the Indie Path Vol 2
Can be presently found in her blog www.rubinaramesh.com
by Rubina Ramesh

The Art of Ghostwriting Vol 3
by D. R. Downer

Publishing Your Book on Amazon KDP Vol 4
by Sundari Venkatraman

Fears and Doubts of a Writer Vol 5
By Reshma Ranjan

Boosting Book's Sales with a Riveting Blurb! Vol 6 
By Ruchi Singh







Friday, December 14, 2018

Authors' Tips A to Z of Writing : Complete List

Welcome dear writers and readers,

Welcome to a new series of blog posts where eight of us – Devika Fernando, Preethi Venugopala, Paromita Goswami, Adite Banerjie, Reet Singh, Sudesna Ghosh, Saiswaroopa Iyer and I – will post on a myriad writing-related topics corresponding to one of the Alphabets periodically.

Here is the complete list and it will be populated as soon as each post goes live – read at your leisure...

A
Authenticity in Writing : Adite Banerjie
A is for Anti-Heroes : Reet Singh
Authorpreneur : Devika Fernando
ABDCE Plotting Formula : Preethi Venugopala

B
Building a Routine, Backstories, Beta-readers and Backup : Preethi Venugopala
Blogging as an Author : Sudesna Ghosh
Balancing work, life and writing : Saiswaroopa Iyer
Background Work : Adite Banerjie
Burnout and Writer’s Block : Reet Singh
Backstory : Ruchi Singh
Blurbs : Reet Singh

C
Cover Design : Sudesna Ghosh
Conflict, Character sketches & Climax : Preethi Venugopala
Coauthoring : Devika Fernando
Clichés in Writing : Reet Singh
Crafting Stories : Adite Banerjie
C is for Community : Saiswaroopa

D
D is for Deus Ex Machina : Adite Banerjee
Dialogues, Drafts, Developments and Dictionaries : Preethi Venugopala
Dialogue Tags : Reet Singh

E
Epilogues : Devika Fernando
Editing : Sudesna Ghosh
Explode A Moment : Preethi Venugopala
Exposition : Ruchi Singh

F
First-person Narration : Devika Fernando
Character Flaws : Adite Banerjie
First Sentence, First Paragraph : Preethi Venugopala
Fantasy : Ruchi Singh
Flashback in Fiction : Reet Singh

G
Goals : Sudesna Ghosh
Grammar and writing style software : Preethi Venugopala
Google Play Books for self-publishers : Reet Singh
Genre : Adite Banerjie

H
Habits of successful writers : Sudesna Ghosh
Hooking the reader : Preethi Venugopala
Hero types : Devika Fernando
Horror in fiction : Paromita Goswami
Humor in writing : Reet Singh

I
Improving as a writer : Sudesna Ghosh
Inciting Incident : Adite Banerjie
In Medias Res : Preethi Venugopala
Insecurities of a writer : Paromita Goswami

J
Journey of a Fiction Writer : Ruchi Singh
Jot down those ideas (Apps) : Preethi Venugopala
Jealousy of other authors : Reet Singh
Jargon or slang in fiction : Devika Fernando
Juggling multiple writing projects : Adite Banerjie

K
Kindle Publishing : Sudesna Ghosh
Kill your darlings : Preethi Venugopala
Kill your readers – or better not : Reet Singh

L
Writing Love scenes : Reet Singh
Creative writing – a Leap of faith : Preethi Venugopala
Importance of Luck in writing : Adite Banerjie
Length - Does It Matter : Devika Fernando

M
Marketing your book : Sudesna Ghosh
Mid-point issues : Reet Singh
A Magical Cauldron of Memories : Preethi Venugopala

N
Writing Non-fiction : Sudesna Ghosh
Names - Do They Matter : Preethi Venugopala
Niche markets in romance writing : Adite Banerjie

O
Opening Lines : Adite Banerjie
Outlining Your Story : Ruchi Singh
Own your writing craft : Preethi Venugopala

P
Process, Productivity, Plotting : Saiswaroopa
Prologues : Devika Fernando
Proofreading : Sudesna Ghosh
Procrastination : Preethi Venugopala
Pacing : Adite Banerjie

Q
Quick self-edits : Ruchi Singh
Query letters: Preethi Venugopala

R
Research: Sudesna Ghosh
Rewriting the first draft: Preethi Venugopala
Resistance: Saiswaroopa

S
Screenwriting: Adite Banerjie
Showing and Telling: Preethi Venugopala
Social messaging: Adite Banerjie

T
Titles: Devika Fernando
Time management: Sudesna Ghosh
Themes in fiction writing: Preethi Venugopala

U
Using the senses: Devika Fernando
Unique Selling Proposition: Preethi Venugopala

V
Validation: Sudesna Ghosh
Vocabulary: Preethi Venugopala
Voice : Ruchi Singh


F - Fantasy : Authors' Tips A to Z of writing

Dears readers and authors,

In this series of 'Authors' Tips - A to Z of Writing', where eight of us – Devika FernandoPreethi VenugopalaParomita GoswamiAdite BanerjieReet SinghSudesna GhoshSaiswaroopa Iyer and I – will post on various writing-related topics with the topic corresponding to the Alphabet of the Week. Complete list is at the end of this post.

Today under the Authors' Tips A to Z of writing series, week for alphabet F, I have chosen to write on Fantasy.

Every person, I’m sure, must have heard and enjoyed at least one fantasy tale in their childhood. The genre has its own special charm for the readers. The story world takes one into a world of imagination which is unheard of, and the characters which have their own unique characteristics. One can say the genre is easy to write because there are no rules which can’t be broken, but its as difficult to write because one has to dream up something which has never been written. Every element has to be such that it pulls in the reader into the fantasy world and their character.

Know the Genre

As is the case with any genre one should know what has been already been written and popular in the genre. Some of the oldest fantasy fiction written are ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’, 'The Odyssey’ and ‘Beowulf', which dealt with the disappearance of civilizations, Gods, difficult quests and monsters. The more recent ones are The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, which need no introduction.

One should read the genres to get a hang of the elements and details already popular. That said the elements shouldn’t be aped and one has to apply their own creativity to wow the readers.

Defining the Fantasy
  • The first step is to define a new world which can spur on the reader’s imagination. One has to be careful not to repeat the already popular elements but put in once own creativity to come up with a new civilization, culture and universe.
  • The next step is to chalk out the characters who are going to inhabit the world. As is the case with any novel this one needs emotional as well as physical characteristics and conflicts. The conflicts can be internal as well as external, which compulsively pulls in the readers into the story.
  • The last, but not the least is the quest or mission which the characters have to deal in their world. It could be defending the world from an evil force, or getting a unique power to further a natural threat to the world, or fighting for justice or one’s own life.
While the story and characters need to be consistent, the conflicts vary over the various series.

Points To Remember
  • Do not imitate the famous tropes without putting your stamp on the fantasy, it is after all your story. While retaining a few universal characteristics, add your own elements, e.g. if there is a wizard, it’s okay if they have a wand, but it need not be that they are like humans, they can be dwarves or some other species as well.
  • Add your own magic and inventions to the characters, story, and places. Do not fail to use your new elements throughout the story.
  • Do not mimic your favorite fantasy world or characters. This point cannot be emphasized enough. The moment it happens comparison starts and then you might lose your readers.
The important point to remember, as is with any genre, to avoid the familiar tropes.

Some of the well-known Fantasy Tropes
  • Characters races or species - These include the dwarves, wizards, elves etc. When one of the character race is chosen, it’s important to change their mannerisms, motivations and conflicts to give a new twist to the tale.
  • Hidden legacy - This a fairly common trope used. The author should have a real good reason for using this trope. The legacy shouldn’t be handed over easily, the character development has to be unique and well thought of.
  • A simple boy gets superpower - There has to be a very compelling reason for the character to get the superpower. The power shouldn’t be handed over just like that, instead, the character has to earn it.
Having said all of the above do enjoy the journey and process of defining and writing your own fantasy!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Spotlight :: 'Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing' (Writer's Toolkit Book 1) by Devika Fernando




Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer's Toolkit Book 1) 
by Devika Fernando 

Have you ever thought of going indie? Are you a traditionally published author interested in switching to self-publishing? Or an aspiring author looking at various publishing options? 

This concise booklet will show you reasons to go indie and give you an overview of the advantages of self-publishing books. It also shines a light on the 6 F's of self-publishing. 

This eBook is part of the TBC Writer's Toolkit series in which experienced authors offer advice. Check out the other volumes for a step-by-step guide on how to become a successful indie author.

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About the Author

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

Website: http://www.devikafernando.com
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

E - Exposition : Authors' Tips A to Z of writing

Dears readers and authors,

In this series of 'Authors' Tips - A to Z of Writing', where eight of us – Devika FernandoPreethi VenugopalaParomita GoswamiAdite BanerjieReet SinghSudesna GhoshSaiswaroopa Iyer and I – will post on various writing-related topics with the topic corresponding to the Alphabet of the Week. Complete list is at the end of this post.

Today under the Authors' Tips A to Z of writing series, week for alphabet E, I have chosen to write on Exposition.

There are four rhetorical modes or modes of discourse; narration, argumentation, description, and exposition.

Exposition typically means giving information to the readers. While in non-fiction exposition is simply disseminating the information to the readers, but in fiction, one has to tackle it a bit subtly since straightforward exposition at times becomes boring for the readers. But before doing anything else let's understand the term 'exposition'.

‘Exposition’ in fiction or ‘narrative exposition’ refers to the background information in a story, to establish the context. Examples could be, character’s backstory, information about the setting, historical context.

Exposition can be accomplished in primarily two ways: Overt exposition, and Indirect exposition also known as ‘incluing’. Overt exposition is just an information dump, whereas Indirect exposition is subtly releasing information into the narrative—exposing the story world to the readers using dialogues, setting, backstory etc.

Let’s take an example: One can directly say that ‘Nina is a scholar’. But if the narrative says that ‘Using the published research papers, Nina corrected her thesis.’ The sentence now gives the same information and keeps the reader hooked on the environment too. The idea is to gently clue-in the readers to the characters and their world.

Overt exposition is sometimes used in fantasy or science fiction genre since the readers do anticipate and look forward to reading about a totally new world, so one can get away with it.

In conclusion, indirect exposition is the key to building an imaginative, creative and ever-expanding narrative which keeps the readers hooked.

All the best!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

B-Backstory : Authors' Tips - A to Z of Writing

Dear readers and writers,

Welcome to a new series of blog posts 'Authors' Tips - A to Z of Writing', where eight of us – Devika Fernando, Preethi Venugopala, Paromita Goswami, Adite Banerjie, Reet Singh, Sudesna Ghosh, Saiswaroopa Iyer and I – will post on various writing-related topics with the topic corresponding to the Alphabet of the Week. Complete list is at the end of this post

Today I am writing on 'Backstory' an integral part of story writing.



The Definition

‘A backstory, background story, back-story, or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.’ - Wikipedia


Essentially the Backstory is a significant narrative which tells us about the history of a character at the start of the main story, or essential story elements which define the setting and make the readers care about their characters. Remember the emphasis is on essential and significant elements which have an impact on the character’s motivations and the story.

Let’s consider the following passage, which is a brief backstory of the protagonist Esha Sinha from the novel ‘The Bodyguard’ :


Esha’s father, a retired state department employee, never gave her the affection and attention she craved as a child. A broken man after his elder son’s death in a road accident. An accident where he not only lost his first-born but also his legs in the accident and he blamed Esha for all his miseries, just because she had insisted that her brother accompany them to the first day of her new school. Her mother too was lost in her own world of Gods, prayers to manage her own sorrow.
As Esha grew she tried to be a son for her parents, but they never saw her efforts, pain, and guilt. They spoke to her only when they needed something materialistic from her. She earned, took care of them. She even refused to marry the man she loved. But nothing earned her the love from her parents.

Though the story starts when Esha is assigned as a Bodyguard for her employer. The backstory plays a significant role in painting a picture of Esha as a mature, serious, no-nonsense woman.

The Treatment
The backstory can be revealed using flashbacks, character’s reminiscences, or during a conversation between two characters.

As an author, we have to be careful how to reveal the history since the backstory takes a reader into the flashbacks which acts as a roadblock to the pace of the story. Every time the narration goes into the flashbacks, character’s musings, or recollection it puts a brake to the forward momentum of the story.

The Mistakes
Sometimes authors reveal too much history in the opening pages of the story. This amounts to telling the readers—stop don’t go ahead, first listen to me. Sometimes the story goes on and the readers do not have the adequate picture on a character’s motivations. And in another example, the story starts with a terrific first chapter and the second chapter deals with only the backstory. All these are examples of bad handling of the background information.

A good storyteller builds up a rich backstory for their characters and plot, but reveals it cleverly during the course of the novel, subtly and timely. It is also important to understand that not everything needs to be told as long passages. Drop a word or two and let the reader’s imagination do the rest.

Read your written words and question whether the information is really required for the readers to take the story forward and/or to make them understand the character’s motivation. If the answer is ‘yes’ then go ahead, else delete it. Think from the perspective of the character. If in doubt just omit the backstory, probably it’s not needed if it’s creating doubts.

The Conclusion
No matter from where the story begins, there always be a backstory. Key is to create the right balance, listen to your characters and slowly reveal the information during the course of the novel without taking away the pace of your masterpiece.

All the best!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Spotlight On :: 'Killer Moves' by Varsha Dixit

Blurb:

Everyone has a secret. Aisha Khatri has many! 

Aisha’s life is seemingly mundane on the surface-she writes for television and takes care of her niece Kiara and her retired father. But when Kiara’s life is threatened during a modeling assignment for the famous Kabir Rana, once a suspect for his wife’s murder, the only way Aisha can save Kiara is by accepting the unique ability she has aggressively resisted all her life. 


But Aisha is not the only one with secrets. There are others who have secrets and will kill to keep them. Aisha is determined to protect Kiara even if it means placing herself in the crosshairs of a depraved killer who butchers beautiful girls and leaves them as grotesque displays. 


Is Kiara a target of a serial killer or is the killer closer to home-and Aisha’s heart? 


Who is Kabir Rana? An elusive and moody fashion photographer burdened with a dark past or a murderer who got away? 


How will Aisha save Kiara from a killer who is several steps ahead of an entire city’s police force? When the dead come calling, will Aisha answer? 


From the bustling streets of Goa to the beautiful palaces of Sirsa, Killer Moves is a fast-paced, gripping, romantic suspense tale with strong thriller and supernatural elements. 



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About the author

Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of six successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman.Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Book Review :: 'Groomnapped' (The Groom Series #1) by Sundari Venkatraman


Genre: Romance
Blurb:
The lovely and feisty Surekha is the eldest of three daughters of a carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks. She teaches science and maths in the Bihar Public School. 

Ameya is the only son of a millionaire farmer-cum-builder and over and above that, he’s educated too. 

They meet and fall in love quite easily, the drawback being the dowry system prevalent in Bihar. With Ameya’s parents expecting a huge dowry and Surekha’s parents having a tough time eking a living out of their humble income, it seems like the match between the two lovers is one made in hell. 

Ameya isn’t one to take things lying on his back. But when the parents who adore him otherwise are so set against the marriage, will he be able to make Surekha his?

Review:
Sundari Venkatraman again comes up with a fantastic idea to base the story of romantic pair Surekha and Ameya (I love the name BTW) which pertains to a certain region of India. No doubt the Indians’ idiosyncrasies and fads are equally unique as it’s culture and heritage.

The protagonists Surekha and Ameya fall in love with each other and want to spend their lives together. They know that Ameya’s parents will never give their blessings for the match due to the difference between their financial and social status. Ameya concocts a scheme so that there is no room left for his parents to reject the relationship. What does he plan? And is the road to happily-ever-after going to be so easy? Read Groomnapped to enjoy a lighthearted yet a poignant romance.

I loved Surekha’s character for her principles and independent streak. Ameya is drool-worthy and sweet. The existence of both modern and as well as traditional mindsets in the families correctly reflects the prevalent social fabric of India. The secondary characters compliment the story very well. Additionally I could sense the romance brewing between the Surekha’s sister and Ameya’s friend. Would love to read their story as well.

The story is fast paced and narration is characteristic to author’s writing style—fresh and honest. I would have loved if the wooing period between Ameya and Surekha would have been prolonged. I love the build up of the romance, so I guess it’s my own quirk.

Dowry system is menace and a serious problem in the country and the story tries to bring the focus on the issue in a light and entertaining manner. The sentiment that protagonists did not run away and wanted to include the parents in their lives shows the rich values ingrained in them.

I highly recommend this light breezy romance.







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About the author

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 31 titles (27 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

When Tanay meets Mita :: ‘Take One Fake Fiancé’ by Reet Singh

Genre: Romance

Excerpt: Tanay and Mita’s first meeting

Mita took an appreciative sip of the wine and looked up, over the rim of her goblet, straight into a pair of sardonic eyes. The eyes, in a dark, bearded face, stared her down from across the room, one eyebrow arched in amusement; or was it disdain?

Irked for some reason, she raised her own eyebrow at him, although she was more in the mood to frown and turn away. The stranger held up a glass of amber liquid in a toast, and something in his expression wasn't very polite. He made no move towards her and that in itself was rude, almost insolent.

Mita's chin went up and it was unfortunate that she had a generous quantity of fiery drink in her mouth- she coughed as some of it went done the wrong way.

Spluttering, haughty poise forgotten, she whirled about, her face pink with embarrassment.
Drat the man, whoever he was!


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Want to meet Mita?
Head on over to Devika Fernando’s blog where’s she’s hosting the feisty lady – Mita’s really mad about something so be warned! 

Want to meet Tanay?
Head on over to Paromita Goswami’s blog where’s she’s hosting him in all his sexiness!

And if you want to find out what Tanay and Mita do when they think their creator - Reet Singh - isn’t watching. Visit Adite Banerjie’s blog for a shocker!

For Mita and Tanay's stolen kiss - Preethi Venugopala’s blog


More about the book

Blurb
Mita Ramphul is single and fancy-free – and she wants to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Living and working on the idyllic island of Mauritius is the stuff dreams are made of – until she bumps into a man who threatens to destroy it all.

Tanay Devkumar is cynical and shuttered – events in his past have cast a long and deep shadow. Convinced that Mita Ramphul represents a threat to his sister’s happiness, he seeks her out, determined to block her nefarious plans.

They meet in circumstances that can only be described as hostile – suspicions abound and resentments flare on both sides, even as attraction simmers beneath the surface. A series of disastrous events follow and they are compelled to pretend that they are in love and wish to marry.
It is meant to be a temporary engagement – but will Mita be able to resist her fake fiancé or will his scorching kisses make her yearn for something more permanent?



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Originally published as “Scorched by His Fire” by Harlequin India, 2014
Take One Fake Fiancé is a refurbished, revamped, remodelled, updated version of Scorched and will soon be available on Kindle

Know The Author





Look up Reet Singh – she usually hangs out on her website, on twitter, or on facebook.

Official Website
On Facebook
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Spotlight:: 'Love: Lost and Found' by Esha Pandey


Genre: Romance (Two Stories)

Blurb:
The heart wants what it wants. When hit by love, there is no reasoning. There is just intense, addictive, exhausting feeling of losing oneself. When found, love can make a person. When lost, love can destroy a person completely. We all have a couple of friends who have held our hands through heart break and celebrated our happiness with us. This book celebrated those friendships and love. Read if you have fallen in love. Must read if you have lost in love.


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Excerpt:
Shivi looked around, petrified. Ishaan was sitting at the far end of the room. Her friends knew she had a huge crush on him since last two years. They had been pestering her to do something about it but Shivi never acted on her feelings. Ishaan had been steady with Nupur since they had joined college. She liked Nupur. She didn't want to act on her feelings. But Rahila had asked her to dare to kiss him. She looked at her friends helplessly. They all shouted, “Go! Go! Go”. Shivi knew she could get out of it. She just had to say no, but something got into her that day, and she took a split second to make the decision to take her chances. She would kiss him. She looked at her friends with determination, anxiety, hunger and fear at the same time. “Ok” she exhaled and got up from her seat. She walked steadily towards him, but her feet were threatening to give way any second out of fear of what she was about to do. She could hear her friends cheering her on.


Know The Author:
Esha Pandey, currently living in New Delhi is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer serving as DCP Special Police Unit for Women and Children.   

Having been posted in the odd terrains of Lakshdweep, she has gained vast experience of life and policing over the years. Esha has a Masters in International Relations and Masters of Philosophy in American Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. 

Before becoming a civil servant, she dabbled with the idea of being a journalist and worked with Times of India as a copyeditor. She has won a United Nations FPA Award for Excellence for the “Best Short Story”. She made her debut as an author with her book I Will Meet You There, a collection of short stories, which was released at Pragati Maidan during the Delhi Book Fair and has been doing well. 

Esha Pandey is a veteran writer whose articles are regularly published in leading news papers like The Time of India, Asian Age etc. She can be reached at twitter.com/PandeyEsha and www.facebook.com/iwillmeetuthere.  



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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Spotlight :: 'Crazy Cat Lady Finds Love' by Sudesna Ghosh

Genre: Romance/Romantic Comedy
Length: 62 pages (novella)


Blurb: She's a member of the Crazy Cat Ladies Club.

Her life is all about cats and the cat ladies.
Until the purrfect cat man comes along... 

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Excerpt: 

Would Navin think I was pretty? Would he hold my hand? Maybe he would kiss me if we got some privacy?

“Too many questions, Sue,” I told myself, as the cab rolled on.

Navin sent me a text saying he would be at the café in 15 minutes. He added another text saying he couldn’t wait to meet me finally. Aww. Genuine excitement or was he being polite? I wasn’t the insecure kind but this online dating thing just filled relationships with so much mystery. Never tried it in my 20s.

The Crazy Cat Ladies Club group had three messages; one from each of the ladies, telling me to relax and give them details after he left. I wrote back asking Sunita to let us know about Vivek’s visit that night too. She replied: I will. Sigh.

Turning off my mobile data, I felt my stomach churn as we pulled up at my destination. There stood my date, dressed immaculately in a polo neck tee and dark jeans, feeding a street dog biscuits. The dog wagged his tail and Navin’s eyes said it all – he had the same look in them that I’d seen in my friends’ eyes when we were with animals. Love. It was pure, beautiful love.

What Amazon readers are saying:

"The author has a wry observational voice that makes me chuckle every time I read her. The cats are cute too and the dude is extra cute! Five full stars."

"Along with men trouble, dating issues, canine problems, and Cat man, Navin, this book makes the perfect satisfying read for pet lovers and others, alike. if you haven't considered keeping a pet, you may be tempted to after reading this. very refreshing and a fun great read!"

Know The Author:

Sudesna or Sue, is a multi-genre author based in Kolkata, India. She has penned My Singapore Fling, A Perfect New York Christmas, Can a Fat Girl Get a First Kiss? and many other books. 

Her short stories have been published in magazines across India. When she isn't reading or writing, you can find her trying to keep her rescue cats happy.








Friday, August 10, 2018

Spotlight :: 'Blind, Certainly Is Love' by Reshma Ranjan


BLIND, CERTAINLY IS LOVE
by
Reshma Ranjan





Blurb

Neha Jaiswal is beautiful and intelligent—an alluring combination—but chooses to be a recluse. What works for her is her intimidating personality that comes with her success. With no desire to get into a relationship, the strong, assertive, and hardworking Neha manages to keep the men at bay—all except one.

Sumit Conrad, a super successful businessman, is an intriguing specimen of a man. Known to the world as the good Conrad, Sumit is actually a recluse who prefers only his own company, to the exception of his brother John and sister-in-law Sarika.

When fate throws the flirt in Sumit and the furious Neha together, sparks are bound to fly.

Will Sumit be able to convince the headstrong and opinionated Neha that what he wants is a long haul and not a passing phase?

Or will the stubborn and cantankerous Neha be successful in driving him away?

Will their love make them blind to each other or to their own flaws? Will this blind love ever find its way?

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Reshma Ranjan is a passionate romantic who loves literature and has been driven by the romance around her. She has made up her own happy endings in her imagination for every movie and for every book with a sad ending. 

"Slowly I started to create my own characters and situation, creating a world of romance and happy endings to my liking. But for my laziness, I would have penned umpteen numbers of stories with unexpected people meeting and falling in love and uniting for a lifetime."  

Also a voracious reader but for which she believes she could never have started writing. "If I can bring a smile and a happy sigh on at least one reader’s lips I will feel a blessed writer."

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Blitz :: 'The Wooing Of The Shrew' by Sundari Venkatraman


Print Length: 154 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited 
Genre: Romance

Blurb:
Dayanita Thakore was a prickly princess who didn’t care for the idea of any man getting close to her… until Prince Harshvardhan Singh Gaekwad turns up in her life.
Sparks fly even at their first meeting when the Princess of Udaipur clashes with the Prince of Baroda.

He falls in love with the fiery princess while she fights her attraction to him tooth and nail.
He woos her, beguiles her, cherishes her…
…while the princess feels that maybe he couldn’t love such a tempestuous woman such as herself.

But before they could cross the great divide and get to know each other, something happens, something terrible that might just blow their lives apart.  

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About the Author

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 35 titles (31 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month. 
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.
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