Spotlight: If You Only Knew Me by Divyata Rajaram #TheBookClub

 

IF YOU ONLY KNEW ME
by
Divyata Rajaram
 
 
 
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If You Only Knew Me is a story of friendship, passion and intrigue set in Dubai, arguably one of the world’s most exciting cities to live in.
 
Rupali, Anjali, Dipika, Sakina and Monica are five NRI women whose lives are glitzy and exciting as they flirt with high society within the charmed social circles frequented by the Dubai expat community. Beautiful homes, designer clothes, shoes, fast cars and a lifestyle that is envied by all, there is very little these women have not attained. Together they have also woven the closest of friendships and must rely on each other to stay on top.
 
Appearances are deceptive, though, and often the people you think you know the best, harbor secrets too dangerous to be shared. When tragedy befalls, the investigation that follows opens an ugly box of secrets that will test their friendship and find them struggling to make sense of the madness and deception surrounding them.
 
Who can they really trust anymore? How far must they go in their fight for survival?
 
How long will their friendship last once the masks have dropped and none can pretend any longer?


Read an excerpt from the book…
 
Dipika’s head was swimming as she sat in Tim Horton’s, Mall of the Emirates, waiting for Rupali to join her. The only reason she had even fixed up to meet her was that she knew her mother had called up Anjali who would have informed Rupali.

“Ha … I’ve crossed over to the dark side, Ma. Too late to return home again,” she thought. The black coffee she sipped did nothing to clear the confusion in her head.

Dipika pushed her limp, dank hair out of her eyes, struggling to make sense of the menu in front of her.

That bastard was stringing her along, she knew it. All his false promises meant nothing, she thought wearily while gazing at the menu.

She looked up to find Rupali rushing over to the table.

“Dips, darling, so good to see you,” said Rupali, trying to sound upbeat and cheerful. She almost recoiled as she hugged Dipika.

The stench of body odor and some other strange pungent aroma permeated the air around her.

Dipika looked awful; her usual dark circles worse than ever, hair dank and limp, and lips cracked and blistered. She never used makeup, but this was truly the worst Rupali had ever seen her look in a long while.

“Are you okay, babe?” she asked in a soft whisper. The answer seemed apparent – she was not.

Dipika made a superhuman effort to sound and act normal.

“I haven’t been too well, Rupa. That’s what I had called mom about. Hope she didn’t worry you girls. I’m sure it’s nothing serious. I just haven’t been sleeping much lately and it’s telling on my health.”

Rupali was sure that Dipika was depressed about her father’s upcoming death anniversary.

“Listen, baby … you are going through a tough emotional phase right now. It will get better, I promise. Meanwhile, we are all there for you, okay?” She hoped she sounded more confident than she felt.

Dipika nodded listlessly. Poor Rupali, such a good friend, always looking out for her. Dipika felt a million miles away from her right now.

They finished their coffee and made their way over to a few shops. Rupali could tell Dipika was having trouble walking and put it down to her mystery illness. Psychosomatic symptoms, probably, given her bouts of depression. All she could hope for was that whatever it was, it would clear up and her friend would get back to normal.

Dior, Valentino, Lanvin; there was truly no dearth of high-end brands in the latest styles in the Dubai malls. The girls finally agreed on a stunning Chanel dress, stark and beautiful, in black and white. When Rupali tried it on with the blue turquoise earrings the shop assistant provided, she loved what she saw in the mirror. The hunt for matching shoes took them to the Shoe District where even Dipika was seemingly revived by the stunning collection of Christian Louboutin. Rupa convinced her to pick up a pair of strappy stilettos in hot pink with a gold trim.

Rupali hesitated for a few seconds before charging her card. Sometimes she felt guilty about spending Rohit’s money. However, he had always told her that appearance meant everything – sleek, sophisticated and expensive clothes were his natural choice and, now, hers as well.

Finally, exhausted with their shopping, the girls headed to the parking lot where Rupali’s driver was waiting for them. She asked him to first drop Dipika off at her apartment on Sheikh Zayed Road before heading to her own home.

On her way home, she quickly called up Anjali.


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About the author
 
 
Divyata Rajaram has been living and working in Dubai for the past fifteen years. An experienced financial service professional, she is also an accomplished singer of Hindustani classical as well as western music. If You Only Knew Me is her first novel based on NRI women living in the UAE, and offers a glimpse into their lives and the challenges they face in a foreign land.
 
An avid reader of crime fiction, Divyata lives with her husband, their daughter and a beautiful dog in Dubai.      
                  

 

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#excerpt #AgainstTheTide #historical #romance #AgainstTheTide #newrelease #History

Hi folks, sharing a snippet from Against The Tide- The King and the Concubine, a historical romance set in ancient India which is a newly released book and already no. 1 new release at Amazon.

Enjoy the extract!

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Excerpt:

He often glanced at her in an intent way, but now his gaze was so intense, it took her breath away and sent an answering surge through her being, so powerful that she was scared of what it meant. Warnings of her mother resounded in her brain. A concubine could never aspire to respectability or to wifely status. She must captivate and hold attention, while keeping her inner self apart from the man and her heart intact. Lohana could not sustain his gaze and let her lashes fall, lest she betray what she wanted to hide. He came close and tugged at her improvised mask to reveal her mouth, then bent down and kissed her – a soft persuasive touch that swept her senses like the wind, taking way her restraint. A trembling awareness ripped through her. This tenderness was unlooked for. Passion, yes, coy glances, flirtation. His confession could have been a compliment. But somehow it wasn’t. It was homage, and so was the kiss…

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Blurb:
Can a concubine fall in love?
Lohana knows she cannot even dream of everlasting love. Trained to captivate men for their wealth and proficient in the required arts, a concubine like her is not meant to be a partner for life for anyone and most certainly not for the king. But King Jayatshatru has managed to steal her heart.
In the politics of aristocracy, germs of intrigue flourish hidden behind the ornate doors. As love grows stronger, the plotting against her deepens…

Check out the book at:

#Coverreveal #UnexpectedValentines #shortstorycollection

Unveiling the new cover for my short story collection, Unexpected Valentines.

Starting from light hearted story, Unexpected Valentine, it explores shades of love and romance through serious Chained to Shadows and up to intergalactic travel romance in Hooded Desire. Right and Wrong deserves special mention for being a contest winning story picked up by Harper Collins India.

Description:

Unexpected Valentines: A collection of short romantic reads.

Stories in this collection:

Unexpected Valentine
Sanjana goes off to stop noise pollution in her neighborhood and runs into a handsome but drunk stranger.

The Magic Within
Why can’t Kaira get rid of the dark memory in her past? Will it end up rocking her marriage?

Chained to Shadows
Victor is ripped apart by the loss of his wife. It’s convenient to blame someone…

Right or Wrong
Two men proposed to Raina, six years ago. She’s married to one while the other professes to still love her. Who is right for her?

Love at Loggerheads
Two lawyers, who are each other’s polar opposites.

Coffee and Clashes
Ritvik Malhotra is the arrogant builder bringing down Isha’s grandmother’s shop. Or is he?

Hooded Desire
Rivals or friends or something more? An intergalactic mission tests Aurelia in more ways than one.

Check out the collection at Amazon:

And here’s the new cover 🙂

If you enjoy short reads, do pick up the book.

Ciao!

#excerpt #AgainstTheTide #newrelease #Historical #romance #kindleunlimited

Hi folks,

Sharing an excerpt today from romance Against The Tide. It’s a historical fiction novella set in ancient India.

Already it is at no. 1 in New Releases at Amazon and no. 1 in several categories at Amazon kindle store.

In this extract, Lohana the concubine is angry at the king for defying the traditions.

Enjoy the excerpt!

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Words trembled on her lips and she wished she were a man with the power to face him and vent her anger. She held herself still, but it seemed he could read her, because as they strode through the corridors, he said with as much bite in his voice, ‘If you’re going to tell me how wrong I was to act like I did, save your breath. I value your opinion but don’t tell me I brought this on. I never denied there would be a battle facing us, but I have my way of beating the odds. I stay lowkey when I need to…a warrior knows when to attack and when to wait…there’s skill in that.’

Silence reigned and she kept breathing evenly, trying to still the tumult raging in her. He wouldn’t listen but the signs were everywhere. Oh, she wished she had the courage to refuse him and leave him, but now when the opposition had reared its head, some unknown streak of loyalty she possessed wanted her to stay by his side. She was stupid, a fool – she had to break away from him. This was destructive –

He was in her room…as though he’d instinctively sought refuge where he knew no one would disturb them.

He paced, then turned to her and clasped her upper arms.

‘No more,’ he said, ‘My patience runs out.’

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Blurb:
Can a concubine fall in love?
Lohana knows she cannot even dream of everlasting love. Trained to captivate men for their wealth and proficient in the required arts, a concubine like her is not meant to be a partner for life for anyone and most certainly not for the king. But King Jayatshatru has managed to steal her heart.
In the politics of aristocracy, germs of intrigue flourish hidden behind the ornate doors. As love grows stronger, the plotting against her deepens…
Amazon link:

#Bookblitz Bollywood Fiance for a Day by Ruchi Vasudeva #TheBookClub

Print Length: 172 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Publication Date: May 6, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance
Studious Dr. Vishakha never dreamed that winning a date with Bollywood heartthrob Zaheer Saxena would land her in an unusual deal to benefit both of them. Zaheer wants to ward off unwanted attention from his leading lady and agrees to help her save her face. It’s just like a business arrangement for Vishakha – except that she hadn’t factored in the unwanted, yet extremely potent attraction this movie star would hold for her. But she has to keep in mind that make believe is his talent – before she begins to wish this were a dream that would come true…
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. After debuting by publishing with Harlequin, she now writes emotional and amusing stories for Amazon.
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#Coverreveal #newbook #historical Against The Tide by Summerita Rhayne

Hello!

I’m excited to share the cover reveal of new historical romance set in ancient India. It’s titled Against the Tide – The King and the Concubine

The story is about a concubine falling for the king – as you can guess from the title – and it has intrigues, little deceptions and bit of adventure, occuring against the backdrop of the culture of post Vedic India.

Without much ado, here’s the cover.

So what do you think?

Hope you liked it and will also like the book releasing soon.

Blurb:

Can a concubine fall in love?

Lohana never meant to fall for the king. She’s trained in the all the arts of captivating men for their wealth. A concubine must not dream of becoming someone’s life partner. But King Jayatshatru has managed to steal her heart. The aristocracy forbids such attachment. As love grows, the intrigue against her deepens. Can she fight the forces against her? Does she even want to, when dreaming of happiness can lead both her and the king to ultimate ruin?

#Coverreveal You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction by Ruchi Vasudeva #romance

Hi friends!

Sharing today the cover reveal of Ruchi Vasudeva’s book You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction. Previously published by Harlequin, this book is being re-released in kindle format. Check out the cover and the book details here:

Blurb:

Being devoted to his friends, Zaheer and Vishakha, the couple who helped him find his place in Mumbai, Rihaan is determined to keep Vishakha from worrying about her wild – and now divorced – sister. The logical option is to sweep the troublemaker off her feet to a supposedly romantic weekend getaway. But Saira is gorgeous and infuriating in equal measures. What’s more, she won’t stay slotted under the ‘bad girl’ label he had for her. Can he handle the real Saira?

Saira knows her reputation has preceded her. She shouldn’t care, but Rihaan intrigues her no end. Already, she finds it hard to fight his appeal and maintain a cool distance from the reclusive yet arrestingly attractive scriptwriter. And then she discovers Rihaan has a secret. When the mystery about him unravels, will it tear them apart? At any cost, she cannot risk more heart break…

Book buy link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D24ZDHT

Release date: July 18th, 2018

About the Author:

Ruchi Vasudeva is a doctor by profession, a teacher by vocation and an author by destiny. The writing bug long resided in her till the Passions contest held by Harlequin for Indian authors gave her a golden opportunity to have her dream realized. She debuted in August ’13 with her book ‘Bollywood Fiancé For A Day’. She writes romantic fiction with conflicted characters. She loves to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes.

Juggling job, writing and family life isn’t something she would recommend to anyone who wants peace and calm but at the end of the day, she finds it very fulfilling. When not bent over the laptop, she might be found with her nose in books or munching nachos at the movies with her husband and two kids or glued to the telecast of Team India in action. Sometimes she drags herself for long walks and surprisingly discovers they are rather good for brewing story ideas. ‘Romance,’ she holds, ‘can feel over-hyped in this day and age but is all too tangible and needed in life on daily basis.’

Author Links:

Twitter: @Ruchi_Vasudeva

Contact her at:

https://ruchivasudeva.wordpress.com/subscribe-to-my-newsletter/

Extract from the book:

What was it about that cool hauteur that made her want to play with fire?

‘Of course, you’re no danger to me in a…’ deliberately she let her gaze run over him. ‘…sexual way, are you?’ He didn’t miss it nor did he miss the insolence she projected. She could see his mouth tighten in controlled annoyance. For a wild minute she wished he’d let loose and the unreasoning thought made her heartbeat pick up.

‘Are you trying to challenge me?’ Her heart jumped up at the deep voice laced with mockery. Coward, she derided. Surely she wasn’t frightened of him?

‘No challenge for you surely? You can hardly stand the sight of me.’ She reminded him.

‘Am I supposed to jump on you in fervent denial of that statement, swearing that I can’t keep my hands off you?’ A dark eyebrow rose. ‘Sorry, but your little game won’t wash, Sehgal.’ Irritatingly he addressed her by her surname again.

‘Oh how astute you are, Khehra!’ She widened her eyes. ‘You catch on so fast, guess I’ll have to watch myself more around you.’ She formed a pout, aware of his gaze moving to it, feeling an unreasonable thrill as it did. She must be mad. Or starved of fun. But somehow she couldn’t not try to get a reaction out of that stone monument.

His eyes narrowed, ‘Whatever you’re trying, I’m not looking for trouble, and I’d advise you not to go poke for it either.’

‘So disappointing!’ She shook her head sorrowfully, ‘Here I was getting thrilled to bits we’re going to have this weekend. Just us. Lonesome, twosome.’

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If you enjoyed the excerpt, do check out the book. It’s available at special pre order discount price right now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D24ZDHT