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Meet the Author: Sapna Bhog

Author Sapna Bhog

I’m pleased to introduce author Sapna Bhog on my blog today. She’s an author and an avid romance reader. Let’s find out more about her.

Sue: From computer engineering to romance writing — how did that happen?

Sapna: I’ve always been an avid romance reader. I quit working once my second child was born to bring up the kids. In those days I was busy being a mom to two little kids and finding time to read when I could. Then one day I woke up with the characters of Keya and Kabier from my first book – Take a Chance on Me – fully formed in my head. They refused to go away and as I kept thinking about them I decided to write their story. One page led to another until unbelievably I had finished an entire book. That feeling of completing my first book ever is indescribable. I still feel a flutter in my heart when I see Take a Chance on Me on my bookshelf. 

Sue: Tell us about your latest book and what inspired it.

Sapna: My latest book is called Breaking All the Rules and is the third book in my series of Sehgal family & friends saga. Although the trope is of a fake engagement, essentially it is about a girl who suffers from anxiety and is strong enough to accept it and seek help for it. It also helps that this is a romance book and she falls in love with a man who further encourages her to overcome her fears. In today’s times so many people suffer from anxiety and depression. I know personally a few who do and have sought help to become better. This topic needs to be spoken about and needs to be addressed without prejudice. Hence I wove it in as a part of the story. 

Sue: Share some of your writing rituals with us.

Sapna: I have a rough idea of a story before I start writing it. My plot book is filled with hand written notes and the notes folder on my phone is even more filled with ideas so I use both as the book progresses. 
I usually write in the mornings but I can write anytime. It’s a passion so it keeps me sane. I have a few handy books on writing like ‘The Emotion thesaurus’ that are my go to for checking on my work. I also do a lot of research on the Internet to improve my writing. 

Sue: What is the best part of being a writer? And the worst part?

Sapna: The best part is to be able to tell the stories that are in your heart. It also feels great when readers leave comments for you saying they loved the book and that they are waiting for the next one. The worst part is that most people don’t take romance writers seriously. Compared to other parts of the world romance writing is still in a nascent stage in India although we have some excellent writers now. 

Sue: Time for a quick fire round. Ready?

Your favourite author…

Sapna: Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Stephanie Laurens, Sarah J Maas 

Sue: Your favourite fictional hero…

Sapna: Kabier Sehgal from my book Take a Chance on Me. Oh and Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice

Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine…

Sapna: Aelin Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series. 

Sue: Your favourite travel destinations…

Sapna: Any place with snow covered mountains or a beach works for me.

Sue: Your favourite movies…

Sapna: 3 idiots, Fast & Furious series 

Sue: What can your readers expect from you next?

Sapna: I’m working on book 4 in my series. So readers who have read my world of books will know that it’s a story on the cop VJ and the rebellious Diya. 

Sue: Thanks for joining us today!

Get your copy of Sapna’s latest book here: https://www.amazon.in/BREAKING-RULES-SEHGAL-FAMILY-FRIENDS-ebook/dp/B07VXPNYQ6

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Meet the Author: Sunanda J. Chatterjee

Author Sunanda J. Chatterjee

Let’s welcome author Sunanda J. Chatterjee today. She’s a doctor and a prolific writer who has published many memorable stories. Here’s more about her.

Sue: From doctor to author. How did that happen?

Sunanda: I like to call myself the Accidental Doctor. All my life I’ve loved creative writing. I’ve been writing poems and stories since elementary school. But it went nowhere until after medical school, PhD, and residency. Only after I was in a proper job, did I decide to indulge in my hobbies. I took up painting and writing and haven’t looked back since.  

Sue: Tell us about your latest release. What inspired it?

Sunanda: Untethered is a series of short stories. They are all flash fiction, so all the stories are under a thousand words, some just around two hundred words, or less than a page. I usually write upbeat romance or uplifting women’s fiction. But after I became an empty nester, I was in a funk and stopped work on my novels, a series of romantic sagas set in the exclusive estates of California . During my funk I just wrote ultra-short stories and had some accepted to online magazines and anthologies. It became a release phenomenon of sorts, which allowed me to go deeply into the emotional state of different characters, showing a glimpse into their lives without getting involved with them throughout a long novel. Some of the stories are light-hearted, but others are heavy, some sad, reflecting my state of mind when I wrote them. When I had a big enough collection I decided to put the stories together in a book for kindle short reads.

Sue: Do you have any writing rituals?

Sunanda: Most of my brainstorming happens while driving back from work. When I get home, I jot down the ideas in my phone. Then when I have free time, I start typing. I like to write in the mornings and self-edit in the afternoons. I like to be alone while writing, without music, without any kind of noise. But it’s hard to find time to write, with a full time job as a doctor. I know many authors who put out several books a year. I can barely manage one or two.

Sue: What do you think are the pros of being an author? And the cons?

Sunanda: Being an author is being free. You can let your imagination run wild, put yourself in other people’s shoes, and figure out what you would or would not do in the situation. Writing helps me deal with issues in my own life. It allows me to experience emotions in their complete, raw state. I enjoy that.
The cons are few, but worth mentioning. When you’re at work and an idea hits, you cannot wait to get home to start writing. I have ignored my family while a plot thickens in my mind. I become selfish with my time and attention. Sometimes I ignore my own fitness, but now I have developed a routine. No writing until workout and chores are done. Writing a sad scene can affect your mood too, which is why I generally write uplifting stories. Except for my current collection.

Sue: Time for a quick fire round

Your favourite authors…

Sunanda: Nora Roberts, Dan Brown, John Grisham, Renita D’Silva, Kerry Fisher

Sue: Your favourite genre to read…

Sunanda: Womens’ fiction, thrillers, and some romance.

Sue: Your favourite fictional hero…

Sunanda: Jack Reecher or Aragorn

Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine…

Sunanda: Embarrassed to say: Hermione

Sue: tea or coffee?

Sunanda: Both. Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.

Sue: Mountains, beaches or city?

Sunanda: Beaches

Sue: What can your readers expect from you next?

Sunanda: My stand-alone romantic saga, The Wish to Belong, book 4 of the Wellington Series (which I had abandoned when my daughter went to college), is finally complete and is coming out later this year. It is with my editor right now. The cover is all ready to go. I am really excited about it. All the stories in the series are about a different couple, how their past affects their current lives, what they must deal with to overcome their issues to find love, acceptance, and fulfillment. The stories are set in California, India and Europe.

Sue: Wow. That does sound exciting! Good luck 🙂

Get your copy of Sunanda’s latest book here: https://www.amazon.com/Untethered-Other-Stories-Fiction-Collection-ebook/dp/B07Y44NCM8

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Book Spotlight for “The Magician” by Sonia Rao




THE MAGICIAN 
(The Tarot Trilogy Book 1)
by 
Sonia Rao



Blurb


Fashion designer Sasha Kapoor always felt she’d missed out on love as she had an arranged marriage. And when her husband turns up at their 15th-anniversary party with a strange woman, she knows that her marriage is dying. With constant surprises and disasters to contend with, will Sasha ever get a chance at true love?

Shantha is much sought after for her tarot card readings on love, but can’t seem to help her own love life with a string of broken relationships behind her. Now, sparks are flying between her and a sexy bartender but will this relationship fizzle out too?

Young professionals Nilima and her husband are so besotted with each other, they give the word ‘soulmate’ a complex. Theirs is a match made in heaven…till tragedy strikes.

The Magician is a heart-warming story of these three dynamic women as they discover the meaning of true love through loss and longing.


Thoughts from the Author, Sonia Rao

Who is a Magician? If it is a Tarot Card, then it the Major Arcana card in the deck and symbolizes life-changing issues.

 But if it is a person, then it is Sasha, the main protagonist of my novel, The Magician. In this urban, contemporary romance, fashion designer Sasha, who caught within a loveless marriage, now seeks true love. It is also Shantha and Nilima who face their own challenges in love and try to rise above them.

 It is also every woman. This is because, as Shantha says to Sasha in the book, “Imagination is your strength. You have the power to visualize and then manifest what you want. You are the Magician.” Each one of us is The Magician because we hold within ourselves the power to create the life of our dreams.

But how did this cover happen? There is a lovely story behind it. While researching the many tarot decks online, I saw this card on the Attic Shoppe website and I knew at once that this was my “Sasha.”

Go back and have a look at the cover again. Doesn’t it just grip you too? Part practical, part whimsical, part traditional, part digital, this card, like the book, is a labour of love.

The designer, Bethalynne Bajema, created this card for her Black Ibis Tarot card deck.  The love she put in is very evident in the vibe one gets from it. Every time I see it, I am inspired to bring a touch of magic to the everyday routines of mundane life.

Carrying on the serendipity, Bethalynne immediately and graciously agreed to my request to make this card my book cover. Such generosity is hard to come by and I believe it is the Universe’s way of saying “you’re right on track.”  


(Bethalynne can be contacted here: Instagram)

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About the author





“Sonia Rao is a writer, editor, and award-winning blogger. Her fiction has appeared in many prestigious anthologies such as Voices Old & New and Jest Like That (edited by renowned editor-writer Shinie Anthony).

 As NaNoWriMo’s Municipal Liaison for all-India and founder of the Wrimo India group on Facebook, Sonia has motivated thousands of people in India to write a novel every November since 2011. She has also curated and edited the first Wrimo India Anthology, Vengeance—A Sting In Every Tale.

Sonia likes to believe she is ‘high-minded’ but strangely, her fave hobby is thinking up torture devices for those autorickshawallahs who consider the roads to be their personal spittoon. Who knew?



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Book Spotlight for “The Mohanbari Murders” by Esha Pandey

Blurb

Simran, the swashbuckling, no-nonsense new ASP of the Mohanbari District is baffled when a nine-year-old is found dead in a busy market lane. Determined to crack her first heinous crime, she doesn’t leave any stone unturned. While trying to figure out the case her path crosses with Major Imran. Sparks fly, but she is determined to hate him. As the matter gets more complicated, Simran begins to trust Imran.

Running through the nooks and alleys of dingy Mohanbari and the mysterious forest nearby, Simran must solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again.

Excerpt

Simran mulled over her third cup of lal chai in the SHOs chamber. It was a typical police office. Portraits of Gandhi ji and Baba Saheb lurked in opposite corners, on the wall with the honour board, behind the wooden chair. A big whiteboard with details about court cases for the week and important investigations graced the south wall. The north wall was reserved for DKBasu’s Guidelines on Arrest. The west wall in front of the chair was a glass partition from where the entrance and the duty officer’s room were visible.

Deeply craving a cigarette, Simran involuntarily put her pen in her mouth as placebo. Investigation in a murder case, that too of a child, is urgent and should take precedence over everything. A police officer’s life, however, is not that simple. Her small red notebook was filled with all that she had to do and an important page in that was dog eared and labelled “Murder: 9 years old”. Her meticulous note-making skills while helping her in complying to all the orders passed by the seniors, were also a bane, because she never forgot anything.  Another page which was folded into half bore the name of Major Imran surrounded by multiple circles doodled in anger. A small devil caricature also graced the page.

Two months since her joining as Assistant Superintendent of Police, Simran had run into Major Imran on two occasions. Imran had tried hard to impress her in the first meeting, at the evening gathering at the Mess. Dressed in his best formals, Imran had paid attention to Simran all evening and cracked stupid jokes to make her laugh. All Simran could think about was how short he was. She had been kind to him, but there was no attraction. None whatsoever. Imran followed it up with a message next morning.

“Morning Ma’am! Shall we catch up on coffee in the evening?- Imran”

Aghast at his forwardness, she replied a curt no.

 “Morning…not possible…I am busy-Simran”

“Imran.”

Simran wanted to make a sighing smiley but held back. She was distracted the whole day and cursed Imran for making her uncomfortable.

The second meeting was more eventful. They met at a high-profile intelligence meeting, where Imran completely ignored her. A curt nod in acknowledgment of her existence was all she got from the Major, who looked dapper that morning in his Olive Greens. He was not that short after all. Simran’s ego had been bruised by Imran’s neglect.

About the Author

Esha Pandey, is an author and a police officer. She made her debut as an author with her book Kiss of Life and Other Stories, a collection of short stories. Esha currently lives in New Delhi. She is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 2010 batch.

Esha has kept her passion for writing alive through her tough assignments in policing because writing is music for her soul. Her TDH hero is her partner for life, her husband Rajiv, who supports her in all her endeavors. When she is not doing either, policing or writing, she is busy dealing with her two bundles of naughtiness, her sons.  She can be reached at twitter.com/PandeyEsha and https://www.facebook.com/EshaPandeyAuthor/ .

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Book Spotlight for “More Unfairy Tales” by T.F. Carthick



MORE UNFAIRY TALES
(Carthick’s Unfairy Tales Book 2)
by
T.F. Carthick



Blurb


A knight rescues a damsel in distress. They marry, the whole kingdom rejoices, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.

Or at least that’s what Official sources say. But what tales do insiders tell? What secrets lie buried deep inside Davey Jones’ Locker?

What, dear reader, about The Unfairy tales?

The stories the Knight-in-Shining-Armour and the Damsel-in-Distress have never wanted you to know. Tales which Fairyland had kept locked up in secret and thrown away the key. Until our rogue bard went back in time and ferreted out skeletons hidden within secret cupboards of desolate mansions.

Our fearless crusader of truth and justice brings to you the second volume of revelations from fairyland.

You will find five more unfairy tales hidden within the pages of this tiny tome, the sequel to Carthick’s Unfairy Tales. Stories of elves out to decipher the ways of men and dwarves seeking to reclaim their own histories. Of spurned witches and lost wolves. These stories are going to change everything you have ever believed about fairyland and give you a peek underneath the gossamer threads of glamour and magic peddled by the Fae.
     
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About the author




T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.

He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.



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Book Blitz: “The Runaway Bridegroom” by Sundari Venkatraman

The Cover

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Westland Books 

Publication Date: August 31, 2019

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English

Available across all bookstores in India

Genre: Romance

Blurb

Eight-year-old Chanda Maheshwari and thirteen-year-old Veerendra Singh Choudhry are married as per custom. But when the bridegroom runs away immediately after the wedding, the Maheshwari family’s world comes crashing down. They move to Jaipur to begin a new life in the city.  

Fourteen years later, as a management student in Delhi, Chanda takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd and finds herself falling head-over-heels for her boss, Ranveer Singh. But, for all her feelings, Chanda is still a married woman. Meanwhile, Ranveer’s secretary, Shikha, is determined to win him for herself. Even though his second-in-command, Abhimanyu, keeps getting in the way, she keeps a steady eye on the main prize. So when Ranveer starts to show an interest in Chanda, Shikha is furious. Back in Jaipur, an astrologer predicts that Chanda’s errant husband will soon make an appearance.  

A secret childhood marriage, a vindictive secretary and unwelcome cosmic predictions—how much can Chanda deal with? And does anyone care about what she wants? Torn between the man she loves and the claim a missing husband still has on her, will Chanda ever find happiness?

Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.in/Runaway-Bridegroom-Marriages-Made-India/dp/9388754182

About the Author

Sundari Venkatraman

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-plus titles to her credit, which have sold more than 1.5 lakh copies around the world. Her books consistently feature in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon in both Romance and Asian Drama categories. Her latest romance novels have all been on the #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.  

As a child, Sundari loved to read books with ‘lived happily ever after’ endings. They were all about good triumphing over evil. As a teenager, her favourite books were romance novels from Mills & Boon. She was fascinated by them, so much so that she began to visualise the stories set in India.   Sundari was forty when she began her writing journey, completing the first draft of her first novel in thirty-five days. She has not looked back since.

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Meet the Author: Isabella Norse

Author Isabella Norse

Let’s welcome author Isabella Norse today. I’m glad to have met this talented, kind woman on Twitter and enjoyed reading her books too. Here’s more about Isabella.

Sue: How did writing come into your life? Were you always a writer?

Isabella: I’m a bit of a late bloomer as a writer. Stories have always been a part of my life. I’ve been an avid reader as long as I can remember. I was first introduced to creative writing by my 9th grade English teacher and it was love at first write. After that, I longed to write stories but my self-doubt and perfectionism always interfered. I used marriage, children, work, and basically everything as an excuse to not even try. Then, I discovered the world of fan fiction when researching something for my favorite video game series. I thought “I can do that” and I did! My stories received favorable feedback from readers which gave me the encouragement I needed to begin writing original stories. Sue: What’s your writing process like? Any rituals that you follow?

Isabella: No rituals. Unlike many authors, I don’t listen to music while I write. I’m easily distracted by sound so I need peace and quiet. As long as I have my laptop and Molly, my feline “mewse” I’m good to go. Prior to retirement I wrote in the evenings after dinner. Now, I’m free to write during the day which has been quite freeing. Sue: I love my feline mewse too!

So what do you think is the best part of being a writer? And what’s the worst part of it?

Isabella: I’m a pantser, meaning that I don’t outline my stories in advance. When I begin a new project I know who the main characters are, how the story begins and ends, and random bits in between. I love the magic that happens as those random pieces come together into a cohesive story but my absolute favorite part is when something happens that I didn’t expect which then takes the story in an new direction. (My husband still doesn’t understand how this happens but trust me, it does.) The worst part of writing is the marketing. As someone who is both an introvert and shy, the “hey look at me and this thing I did” required by marketing is just this side of torture. Sue: Tell us about your most recent release or what’s coming soon.

Isabella: I have two stories coming out in the next few months. The next installment in my Kudzu Korners sweet paranormal romance series is under contract with Fire Star Press. I’m eagerly awaiting a release date. I also have a short story, The Kitten in the Manger, which will be included in Finally Home, an anthology of Christmas-themed romantic short stories which will be released in December by Bienvenue Press. All proceeds from the sale of Finally Home will go to animals in need. Animal rescue is a big part of my life so I’m thrilled to be a part of this anthology. Sue: Quick fire round Your favourite authors…

Isabella: Ann Aguirre, Catherine Anderson, S K Dunstall, N K Jemisin

Sue: Your favourite genre to read…

Isabella: Sci-fi

Sue: Your favourite fictional hero…

Isabella: Kyle Reese in The Terminator

Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine…

Isabella: Ellen Ripley in the Alien movies

Sue: Coffee or tea?

Isabella: Coffee, usually decaf (Yes, I can hear people gasping in horror).

Sue: Beach or mountains?

Isabella: Mountains Sue: What can your readers expect from you next?

Isabella: All of my stories to date have been fantasy, paranormal, or contemporary romance. However, my husband and I took an extended road trip this summer and I fell in love with the Midwest, especially South Dakota. So, my next series will be historical western romance. I’m working on the first book, Cassie’s Choice, now and am so excited about this series!

Sue: Wow. Good luck! 🙂

COMING SOON!