A FANTASY ROMANCE
(The Goddesses Trilogy Book 1)
Shaurya Oberoi hates me the moment he sets his eye on me. I start hating him even before that.
He is the estranged husband of my client, Arya, and I am here to fight her case. I challenge him bluntly that he needs to accept the terms demanded by Arya or rot in jail.
Then one morning I wake up with broken arms and limbs in his hospital bed, and apart from being my client’s husband, he is also my doctor now. I hate how easily he reads what lies beneath my relentless anger… but then sometimes I love it. I hate how his charismatic presence makes me feel, and how his absence affects me. I am in danger of falling for a man whose marriage I am supposed to save.
But there is more to risk than my heart and my sanity. There’s my case. And I am forced to question, is it destiny or a well-planned conspiracy?
Next morning Shaurya came to check on me once. His tone was professional. Cold even. He asked me how I was doing. He checked my dressing and all. He told me to move the fingers of my legs and hands. His questions were to the point. Curt. He was clearly trying not to get into any verbal war with me and it was then I realised how much I wanted to. Natasha had told me how the whole staff admired him. I pitied her for being so naïve, for believing in the façade. He couldn’t go on living a normal life after abusing his wife. It was unfair.
The TV on the wall was on when he checked me. Though it was muted the written news flash showed a big politician was being questioned for domestic violence.
“Bastard.” I said staring at the TV.
“Excuse me?” he smirked; his tone sharp like a knife.
“Not you, I am talking about that man in the TV. He abused his wife. He definitely must have an extra marital affair.” My eyes were still set on the TV, but he should have got his point.
“What has it to do with extra marital affair? What if his wife had extra marital affair? What if he was just rightfully lashing out the anger of being cheated and treated like a trash and that she misconstrued it as domestic violence?”
“Women don’t cheat, men do.” I looked at him, “you know what? All men are bastards.” My voice was edgier than intended and I am sure my face was fuming.
He stood still for a while as if I had thrown boiling water on him. Then he began shaking his head. “You are good to nurses and bitch to male attendants. Yesterday they were arguing about it. The nurses couldn’t stop praising you and the male attendants couldn’t stop cursing you. At that time, I couldn’t understand it, but now I do.”
“What?” what had it to do with what we were talking about.
“It seems like your war is not against crime; you war is against men.”
His sentence punched me straight in the gut. But before I could respond he walked closer, bent down a little and stared at me with…disgust?
“What?” my brows merged and my nose crinkled.
“It seems like you didn’t get to vent out your anger at the right place.”
“What do you mean?” I stiffened.
About the Author
Alka Dimri Saklani is a novelist and author of the Beyond Series. Her readers define her writing as intense, though she dreams of writing a breezy read someday. She has searched more baby name websites to find names of her characters than she did to select the names of her kids. Sometimes she talks to her characters more than she talks to real people. But believe me she isn’t crazy; she is just a writer.
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You can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape the past!!!
VJ Bellani, cop extraordinaire, is a man with many secrets. When circumstances force him to protect the enemy’s daughter, he takes up the assignment with an eye at finally laying the past to rest and perhaps even extracting vengeance. What he did not expect was Diya Thakur!
Rebelling against her extremely conservative family, Diya Thakur moved to Mumbai to build a career in fashion design. Her dreams of living a free life are dashed when they hire a bodyguard to watch over her—and to spy on her for them, at least that’s what she suspects.
Forced to be together 24X7, VJ and Diya make no effort to hide their contempt for one another. The battle lines are drawn early, but destiny has a way of interfering even with the best laid plans.
Can something as simple as love change everything, especially when revenge has been the primary motive for so long? Will VJ finally claim his past in order to claim her?
About the Author
Sapna Bhog is an author from India who writes contemporary novels. As a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic, her books are filled with swoon-worthy heroes and feisty heroines who clash all the time, but do get their happy ever after. Sapna has always surrounded herself with books and when she is not writing she is reading. Her favorite pastimes are reading, writing, traveling and shopping – not necessarily in that order. She loves to hear from readers. So do give her a shout if you’ve read any of her books.
She’s on Twitter @sapnawrites
Get your copy of her new release here: https://smarturl.it/livingontheedge
Title: Wooed by Mr Charming
Subtitle: Love @ Second Sight Series Book 3
Author Name: Dee James
Armaan Malik was the quintessential, billionaire playboy who could charm any woman with his lazy grin and innate sexuality. Burned by his childhood experiences, if there was one thing he didn’t do, it was commitment. And then he met Mia – the sexy, curvy baker who had once made him long for her sweet treats. Will he be able to survive this time without saying ‘I do’?
Mia Jacobs had had a crush on Armaan Malik. Knowing he was way out of her league, she had preferred to remain his friend, firmly drawing lines. Years later, when she met him again, their chemistry threatened to explode. With a disastrous past behind her, Mia was slowly rebuilding her life and her business. Can she afford to take a chance with her heart once again?
About the Author
Dee James writes sweet, dreamy, romantic stories. Born and brought up in India, Dee James is a software professional by day and a writer by night. Her books feature a heavy dose of the contemporary Indian scene, drama, angst, and love of course. If she isn’t spending time with her son, she devours all things romance. Dee J loves to read, write, sing, and cook. Apart from lipsticks and romance, coffee is her other weakness!
Link to the Book: mybook.to/wooedbymrcharming (Universal download link)
Hello June! I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I also hope that your TBR lists are growing every day like mine is. Every time I’m on Twitter, I find new books to add. Today, Kiley Dunbar is with us. She’s the author of some fantastic books including One Summer’s Night and Christmas at Frozen Falls. In fact, she has a new book out so let’s find out more about it and about Kiley.
Sue: Tell us how your writing journey began.
Kiley: I started writing seriously in the summer of 2017 when I was in the middle of being made redundant and my university campus was closing down. I’d wanted to write a love story for so long but since my life was about to change dramatically I knew the time had come to really go for it and try my hardest to get published. My debut One Summer’s Night came out in March 2019 with Hera Books – I was extremely lucky!
Sue: What’s your latest book about and what inspired it?
Kiley: My latest book is called Summer at the Highland Coral Beach. It’s about a woman who’s lost everything and has no idea what to do with her life or where to go. Shortly before her 40th birthday (and fuelled by quite a lot of white wine) she books a trip to the Scottish Highlands. She thinks she’s going on a singles crafting holiday but she gets more than she bargained for when she meets a grumpy, red-headed, Scottish craft teacher, Atholl Fergusson, and they spend a very romantic, turbulent, exciting summer together by the sea.
Sue: Do you follow any writing rituals and how has the lockdown affected them?
Kiley: I stick to the same ritual every time: I always plan out my story first then I make a mood board by cutting out pictures I like from the internet (I don’t really understand how to work Pinterest but it’s the same idea, only low tech) and I sit down to write with the board beside me for inspiration. I try to get a messy draft down within four months. I used to love going to local cafes to write before the lockdown – for someone who likes total quiet when writing at home it’s surprising how much I can get down wearing earplugs in a busy coffee shop. Lockdown’s stopped all that and I miss the buzz of café life.
Sue: I miss the coffee shop writing too!
So what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or working?
Kiley: I like lying on the sofa with a cup of tea and some chocolate watching Kdrama box sets, and I read too, though it seems to take me a long time to get through a book these days – probably because of all the Twitter scrolling I do.
Sue: Time for a quick fire round.
Paperback or audiobook or ebook?
Kiley: I love an ebook! I buy far too many of them, my poor Kindle app is bursting at the seams.
Sue: Coffee or tea?
Kiley: Decaff coffee is my thing at the moment – not very exciting but I love the stuff and it stops me getting the caffeine shakes!
Sue: Your current read?
Kiley: The Bromance Bookclub by Lyssa Kay Adams. It’s so clever.
Sue: Your favourite fictional hero?
Kiley: I loved Drew in Jackie Lau’s Ice Cream Lover, he’s delicious!
Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine?
Kiley: I loved Helen Hoang’s heroine Esme Tran in The Bride Test.
Sue: What is your advice to aspiring/new writers?
Kiley: Write what you love and what makes you happy. Get the first draft down quick so you can get stuck into edits and really see it take shape. Don’t write for people you know, write for your future readers. Make friends with writers and bloggers and take an interest in the industry. It’s fascinating, and you can learn a lot about publishing from listening to podcasts and reading blog posts. Believe you’re making it happen.
Sue: What can we expect from you next?
Kiley: I’m working on the edits for One Winter’s Night (working title, might change) which is coming out in September 2020. It’s the sequel to my debut novel and is also set in Shakespeare’s beautiful hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, and it’s a gorgeously Christmassy read!
Sue: Good luck! I can’t wait to read it.
Kiley: Thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog. I’ve loved your writing for so long, it’s lovely to be here!
Get your copy of Kiley’s new release here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B084P4SJRT
I love creating a world for my readers and introducing characters in this world which are repeated across books. Friends and family play a central role in all my books and that’s why when I created the Sehgal world in my first book Take a Chance on me I introduced most of the characters on whom I plan to write a book in future and since I write romances all of them will have a happy ever after in their own book. I’ve written three already and the fourth one is now getting ready for release.
I want my readers to lose themselves in my world when they read my books.
As the characters appear across so many books, readers can enjoy reading how their lives progress and what the characters are doing next. I get so many messages from readers asking about when I would be writing a book about one of the characters that appealed to them in the series and this I what makes the entire effort worth it.
But having said that writing a series is hard. I have to ensure that time lines are correct across books, incidents are accurate, descriptions of locations remain same and characters personalities are consistent. So there’s often a lot of back and forth happening between books as I am writing.
I have a book in which I maintain notes on all characters and their incidents and lives and even the names used in all the books so there is no over lapping anywhere. A lot of it comes from memory since I’ve created this world but often times I do have to refer to this book which I keep updating with every new story I write. And many times I return to the actual book to remember how I described a scene if that scene is mentioned in another book.
And for ideas that come to my head on a day to day basis – I use my iPhone Notes feature. It’s always filled with ideas, words to use, even dialog and sometimes entire scenes I type in my notes section on the phone so I don’t forget later.
My Sehgal Family & Friends series is a set of stand alone books set in the same world.
My Forgotten series is a trilogy based on two characters and describes their journey across three books.
My latest book Living on the Edge is the fourth book in my Sehgal series and is about two characters VJ and Diya. I had introduced VJ in Book 1 – Take a Chance on Me and Diya was introduced in Book 3 – Breaking all the rules. In Book 4 – Living on the Edge, I’m happy to be finally able to present VJ & Diya’s story to the world.
About the Author
Sapna Bhog is an author from India who writes contemporary novels. As a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic, her books are filled with swoon-worthy heroes and feisty heroines who clash all the time, but do get their happy ever after. Sapna has always surrounded herself with books and when she is not writing she is reading. Her favorite pastimes are reading, writing, traveling and shopping – not necessarily in that order. She loves to hear from readers. So do give her a shout on Twitter/FB/Instagram on @Sapnawrites if you’ve read any of her books.
You can start reading Sapna’s Sehgal Family & Friends series here: https://www.amazon.in/Take-Chance-Sehgal-Family-Friends-ebook/dp/B082VKVQ5X
Today, I am not interviewing an author. Instead, I am delighted to have one of India’s most popular book bloggers with me; Metro Reader is what she calls herself. She breathes books and has built a beautiful relationship with the author community even with her busy career as a doctor. Let’s get to know the woman behind all the reading and reviews.
Sue: You’re a well known book reviewer and book blogger in India. Tell us how you started this journey of book reviewing.
Metro Reader: I used to read a lot as a child and also in college. But, as I got busy with higher studies and then work, reading gradually took a back seat. It was in 2012, when a friend of mine, who used to review books, suggested that I start blogging about it. So she helped me create this blog and even named it. I am really thankful to her for helping me in this.
Sue: What’s the best part of being a book reviewer? And what’s the worst part of it?
Metro Reader: The best part is that I have made many friends, some I have met and some, I haven’t. Also there are times when I do not want to do anything because I am tired, but just the thought that I have a review due makes me sit up and write and I get rejuvenated.
The worst part is when I write something negative and the writer’s don’t like it and write negative mails. But on the whole, it is interesting.
Sue: What is your favourite genre to read? And do you differentiate between reading for pleasure and reading for the blog?
Metro Reader: Romance, any day. Stories with happy endings. And if it second chances, I will pick it up even when I have many other things to do. With regard to reading, I always do it for pleasure, and write reviews on my blog, so that, in case someone reads the review, it may help her/ him make an informed choice about the book. There are many books that I have read, even written skeletal reviews of, but have had no time to finish it and put it up on my blog. I plan to do all this before the lockdown is over.
Sue: Do you have a favourite place to read?
Metro Reader: My bed.
Sue: What is your advice to aspiring and new book bloggers?
Metro Reader: Read what you like and definitely write a line or two about it, because, someone, somewhere might find it helpful.
Sue: Thanks for joining us!
You can check out Metro Reader’s blog here: https://metroreader.wordpress.com/
Hello everyone! I hope this blog post finds you safe and healthy. I am pleased to introduce Lila C. Duville to you today. She’s a multi-genre author and an active member of the Twitter writing community. Let’s start.
Sue: How did you become a writer? Tell us about your journey.
Lila: I started writing when I was six years old. As a little girl I always played out stories with my barbie dolls, adventure, horror, romance, and so on. I elaborated whole plots with my barbies, and I often did not finish those stories before bed time, so I left the dolls and props as they were and then continued playing out the stories the next day. When I was six I entered elementary school and learned how to write, so I started writing down my stories. I have been writing ever since.
Sue :You write in various genres. Which one do you enjoy the most?
Lila: I especially enjoy mixing historical fiction with fantastical elements such as immortals (banshees, vampires, werewolves, and others) I like writing short stories in romance, adventure, and mystery genres; and also stories that are based on real life events.
Sue: What kind of writing rituals do you follow?
Lila: I usually just start typing in a Word document and I let the story flow out of me. The plot is often revealed as I go on, as if it has always been in me, but it hasn’t revealed itself before that. Sometimes I plot the story or several chapters in advance, but I rarely do that. For me, the story is in me and has to come out.
Sue: Tell us about your latest book and what inspired its creation.
Lila: My latest book is a collection of poetry. I didn’t plan on publishing a poetry book. I sort of fell into it. For years, I never considered myself good at poetry, because I write free style poems and I don’t follow any poetry rules, but over the last years poetry slams have become increasingly popular, and they do not have any rules. It is all about the spoken word, expressing your innermost emotions. A friend of mine invited me to participate in a poetry slam. I was not sure about it, but then I signed up, and I ended up winning second place. I started participating in more poetry slams and my confidence grew. I shared my poems on my website (lilacduville.com) and received many positive comments. The readers on my website encouraged me to publish my poems in a book, and so this idea slowly began to take shape. That is how my latest book Pieces of my Soul came into existence.
Sue: Time for a quick fire round.
Coffee or tea?
Lila: Tea. I am a tea lover, drink it every day, several times a day 🙂
Sue: Your current read…
Lila: The Man in the Dragon Mask by Amanda Roberts
Sue: Your favourite fictional hero…
Lila: I don’t have one … I racked my brains over my favorite fictional heroes and thought of a few, but I don’t have favorites. There are several I like, like Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter, because he starts out as the underdog and in the end he saves the day.
Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine…
Lila: I can’t think of one either, but I really liked Anne Bonny from the Netflix series Black Sails
Sue: Ebook, audio book or paperback?
Sue: What do you enjoy doing besides writing?
Lila: I love listening to music. I like being outside on my land, enjoy nature. I love reading, and I also work on my websites, which is something I enjoy very much.
Sue: Your advice to new/aspiring authors?
Lila: Keep writing. Do not give up. It isn’t easy to get noticed as an author, but you can never give up. If you’re a writer, always keep on writing. And don’t call yourself an aspiring writer; if you write stories, you are a writer 🙂
Sue: What can your readers expect from you next?
Lila: I am working on a sequel of Tales from Los Cabos. This will be another book of short stories. Some of them will follow up on some characters’ lives from book 1, and other stories will introduce new characters.
Sue: Good luck!
Get your copy of Lila’s latest book here: https://www.amazon.com/Pieces-My-Soul-Lila-Duville-ebook/dp/B0868XZTHP