#FeistyFemmes #excerpt #ATwistofFate #Mondaymention

Hello folks,

Today is Monday and time to share #FeistyFemmes #Mondaymention excerpts.

To refresh the rules for you, every Monday you can share an excerpt which highlights a sassy retort or action from a female character. You can share as a reader from your current read or as an author from your books. Promote your post and others’ post by searching for above hashtags on Twitter.

As promised, sharing today a woman-centric book extract from one of my books for Monday.

Today’s snippet is from A Twist of Fate. It is a historical romance set in early medieval India.

In this excerpt, Charu has to take part in a pretence with Deva so they can make a getaway. It’s a light hearted passage so enjoy the repartee 🙂

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‘It’s a pity you are so well built,’ Charu said, stepping close to him. ‘A slimmer man does the role of a hen-pecked husband much better.’
His eyes narrowed. ‘If you mean what I think you mean –’
‘Get ready to shed a bit of your pride,’ she smirked. ‘My aunt’s maid was a tyrant with her husband and I know the way things got in her household.’
‘No.’ He shook his head. ‘I’d rather go for an attack on the kotapala, than be a cowering spouse.’
‘We don’t have much choice. And I have no intention of being caught as your accomplice.’ She put her hands on her sides.
He still shook his head. ‘You don’t need to go with me.’
‘I do. Where else could I go? Look at the brawlers coming up behind us.’
He looked over his shoulder and heard raucous laughter from the heaving bellies of the wrestlers’ group. ‘All right. Take care.’
‘Oh, I would! Take care of you, I mean.’
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Blurb:

Charulata wants revenge. She seeks to spill the blood of the man who ruined her. She has lost her home, her family and her prestige because of him.

Deva knows he had earned the wrath of this woman. But embittered and devastated, he’s like a wounded lion hunting his enemies, hurting her when he didn’t mean to…

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Share more woman centric excerpts from your books and books you’re reading and use hashtags on Twitter as I’ve stated in the previous #Mondaymention post.

Looking forward to reading your snippets!

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#FeistyFemmes #excerpt #ASecretTie #Mondaymention

Hi folks,

Let’s start a new thread for blogging for writers and readers by name of #Mondaymention. Under this you will share one excerpt from your book or a book you have read that has some component of strong response or action by a female protagonist indicated by the hashtag #feistyfemmes. So, when you share the excerpt put the title of the post as I have, except that you must replace my book title with the title from which you take the excerpt. Also please share all the posts with the hashtags. Since we are all busy we’ll limit sharing to Mondays and Tuesdays only.

Sharing here some saucy comeback from the heroine, Yashita, in historical A Secret Tie. Yashita is a spy working for King Hitaksha and is set on leaving her duty and getting married. Here’s a showdown between the two.

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‘Don’t let your hunger for security lure you into disaster,’ he continued in a harsh tone.
She stiffened. He had put the tip of dagger on the vulnerable spot in her wound. She had no option, but to say, with a false assumption of calmness. ‘Security? You’re surely belittling my romance. Love is beyond all limits. You have not experienced it, maharaj, so forgive me, but this is not your arena. When you cannot play, how can you define the rules of the game?’

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Blurb:

Yashita has chosen to lead the life of a spy. But after years of serving the ruler well, she has now a request. She wants to get married and settle down. To her utmost relief, King Hitaksha agrees to set her free. But he has a condition. She must fulfil one more mission before he will allow her to leave his service.

Through the dangers of ancient politics and twisted monarchy, Yashita faces threats and perils to the mission. Battling through unknown kingdoms, she must play a dangerous game to save her life and the King’s. But there’s far tougher trial she must live through constantly. The forbidden attraction the King holds for her…

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An excerpt from A Twist of Fate

Hi folks,

I’m sharing today an excerpt from A Twist of Fate. In this, Charulata is meeting her father before her wedding, and he sees her dressed as a bride ready to commit the wedding vows.

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Oh, my lovely daughter.’ He pinched her cheek. ‘Can I bear to send you off?’

‘Don’t send me then,’ she half pleaded.

‘Charu!’ he chided gently.

‘Why does a girl have to leave all that is familiar to her?’

He sighed. ‘Fathers have been asking this of themselves since eternity. And will continue to ask this. It’s the way we have made for ourselves. We have deemed one hand dearer than the other and every father must pay the cost for the decision he upholds.’

She said softly, ‘I will abide by your decision then, pitashri.’

‘Proud of you.’ Her father kissed her forehead. She hugged him, a constrained one, because of her coiffure and ornaments. He grinned and she half joined in, pretending not to notice the moisture in his eyes.

A Twist of Fate is a historical romance set in early medieval India, focusing on the vulnerable position of women in the society.

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#Excerpt #ATwistofFate #historical #romance #fiction

Hello! Let me share today a few lines from A Twist of Fate, the second book in my historical trilogy.

In this, Deva and Charu had got married through the ancient custom of arranged marriage when the groom and the bride meet only at the time of marriage. Although conscious of the obstacles between them, Deva can’t help giving in to the attraction between them.

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‘Do you really wish me to be so brazen as to step in your embrace?’
He gazed down into her eyes, conscious again of that mixture of humor and the shyness of a bride. He surely didn’t wish her to come any closer. His blood pressure might not sustain it.
In direct contradiction, he said, ‘Do you want to?’
Her eyes widened a little, but he had to acknowledge she didn’t lack for comprehension. Two slim arms like the snakes of temptation wreathed round his neck and her warm curves pressed against his – what now seemed to have been destitute – body.

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Book Release day: A Twist of Fate #historical #fiction

Hi folks,

I’m happy to share that today is the book release day of historical fiction A Twist of Fate. Set in India in early medieval period A Twist of Fate explores the attitude of ancient society towards women. Charulata is set to have an arranged marriage as per norms of those times. But a twist of Fate changes the circumstances and her life is changed completely and unexpectedly.

A Twist of Fate follows the entwining fortunes of Charu and Deva in the post Vedic ancient India. Greed, treachery, and deception feature highly in this story of royal suspense. Can love have a hope of surviving amid such intrigues?

To be a courtesan in ancient India was a fate far worse than slavery. This is the second book written on the theme by the author. Also read Against The Tide, the story of the royal concubine, the first book with the same theme.
Today it has debuted with a good opening and is featured as no. 1 in New Releases in its category at Amazon. com.

Also read an excerpt from this book.
Excerpt:
Her curved brows arched a little more – the mobile movement betokening the agility of a dancer’s expression. ‘Mayhap the tall form of my cousin pleases you better than a moderately built one like mine.’ At this, her eyes brimmed with humor before her lashes became cast down to hide it.
He resisted the urge to go over to her and tip up that firm looking chin. ‘I can’t tell what pleases me until I’ve held the form in my arms.’
He’d succeeded in having her gaze back to him, tangling with his and now her mouth curved in enjoyment of the sparing.
She said in a low well-modulated voice. ‘You certainly have your ideas clear in your head, swami.’
He made a gesture of half of impatience and half dismissal. ‘Don’t call me your master. It’s a slave more likely.’ His mouth twisted at the admission. The clink of ornaments sounded and Charulata came closer to him. Her hands were held in front of her, fingers tightly interlocked. He reached out and pried them loose, clasping each. They trembled in each of his like trapped birds. Their gazes locked. His pulse increased its pace. He thought his insides trembled also and couldn’t reason why.
‘Do you really wish me to be so brazen as to step in your embrace?’
He gazed down into her eyes, conscious again of that mixture of humor and the shyness of a bride. He surely didn’t wish her to come any closer. His blood pressure might not sustain it.
In direct contradiction, he said, ‘Do you want to?’
Her eyes widened a little, but he had to acknowledge she didn’t lack for comprehension. Two slim arms like the snakes of temptation wreathed round his neck and her warm curves pressed against his – what now seemed to have been destitute – body.
He felt definitely a tremor run through him. Instinctively, his hands reached out resting at the niche of her curving waist… She fit against him perfectly. His arms must have been made to hold her, her body to mold against his. His mind jumped to hope, to curiosity, the insistence how perfect would be the ultimate union with her –
Conscious of two impulses drawing him equally strongly in opposite directions, he tried to clear his mind. The urge to flee, to put distance between them, to remember why he was here – a lowly deception that clawed at him – was tossed against the second, as powerful wish – to take her to the folds of the silken sheets of the rose-petal strewn marriage bed.
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#Coverreveal #ATwistofFate #historical #romance #fiction

Hi folks,

Today I’m excited to share the cover reveal of my new upcoming historical romance A Twist of Fate. I simply love the beautiful cover and can’t help feeling it suits the book exactly.

The cover reveal is kindly hosted by the lovely book bloggers, Cathy and Zoe. I can’t thank them enough.

Here’s the cover. Do let me know what you think.

Blurb:
“I want to find him. And when I find him, I will destroy him.”
Charulata wants revenge. She seeks to spill the blood of the man who ruined her. He married her and left her after one night. The diktats of her society declare only one place suitable for the woman rejected and deserted by her husband – the abode of the concubines. Charulata faces ruin and now lives and breathes for one purpose…the only purpose keeping her alive. How to track Deva – and kill him.
Deva knows he had earned the wrath of this woman. Embittered and devastated, he’s a wounded lion hunting his enemies. Regrets and softer feelings are long gone from his life. He encounters Charulata with all the arrogance of his forebears. Yet the fire of hate is mixed with the fire of attraction between them. Rage and passion have become inseparable…
A Twist of Fate follows the entwining fortunes of Charu and Deva in the post Vedic ancient India. Greed, treachery, and deception feature highly in this story of royal suspense. Can love have a hope of surviving amid such intrigues?
To be a courtesan in ancient India was a fate far worse than slavery. This is the second book written on the theme by the author. Also read Against The Tide, the story of the royal concubine, the first book with the same theme.

Read an excerpt:

Her curved brows arched a little more – the mobile movement betokening the agility of a dancer’s expression. ‘Mayhap the tall form of my cousin pleases you better than a moderately built one like mine.’ At this, her eyes brimmed with humor before her lashes became cast down to hide it.

He resisted the urge to go over to her and tip up that firm looking chin. ‘I can’t tell what pleases me until I’ve held the form in my arms.’

He’d succeeded in having her gaze back to him, tangling with his and now her mouth curved in enjoyment of the sparing.

She said in a low well-modulated voice. ‘You certainly have your ideas clear in your head, swami.’

He made a gesture of half of impatience and half dismissal. ‘Don’t call me your master. It’s a slave more likely.’ His mouth twisted at the admission. The clink of ornaments sounded and Charulata came closer to him. Her hands were held in front of her, fingers tightly interlocked. He reached out and pried them loose, clasping each. They trembled in each of his like trapped birds. Their gazes locked. His pulse increased its pace. He thought his insides trembled also and couldn’t reason why.

‘Do you really wish me to be so brazen as to step in your embrace?’

He gazed down into her eyes, conscious again of that mixture of humor and the shyness of a bride. He surely didn’t wish her to come any closer. His blood pressure might not sustain it.

In direct contradiction, he said, ‘Do you want to?’

Her eyes widened a little, but he had to acknowledge she didn’t lack for comprehension. Two slim arms like the snakes of temptation wreathed round his neck and her warm curves pressed against his – what now seemed to have been destitute – body.

He felt definitely a tremor run through him. Instinctively, his hands reached out resting at the niche of her curving waist… She fit against him perfectly. His arms must have been made to hold her, her body to mold against his. His mind jumped to hope, to curiosity, the insistence how perfect would be the ultimate union with her –

Conscious of two impulses drawing him equally strongly in opposite directions, he tried to clear his mind. The urge to flee, to put distance between them, to remember why he was here – a lowly deception that clawed at him – was tossed against the second, as powerful wish – to take her to the folds of the silken sheets of the rose-petal strewn marriage bed.

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#FightsceneFriday #HisChristmasSurprise #romance

Hello!

Sharing an excerpt from holiday romance His Christmas Surprise. This excerpt also shows an assertive side of the female protagonist. Today is International Women’s day so the right time to share a woman-centric snippet. In this, the heroine Tonya takes a stand against the relationship-phobic hero.

Enjoy!

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She didn’t want to hear the bleakness surrounding the words. Instead, anger rose at his determination to walk away from her so readily. They’d just shared a kiss that had been so full of passion, she’d been swept away with the force of it. He’d acted like he couldn’t resist her, for God’s sake.

‘How can you be like this after what you were like moments before? You didn’t ask me what I wanted, Dan. You can choose to kiss me one instant and then push me away the next?’
That seemed to get him. He sighed, running a hand on his face as though to ease the grim lines there.

‘I know what this looks like, Tonya…’

‘Do you really?’

She felt all trembly inside. Fear and something else evoking an urgency she couldn’t hold back.

‘I’m not saying I want to rush into a relationship with you, but you haven’t given me an option, have you? You’ve decided what you wanted and haven’t bothered to get to know about my feelings.’

‘No. I haven’t.’ His face wore the grim look again. ‘I don’t want to discuss this, Tonya.’

‘Oh? Let’s find something you do want to discuss.’ Her voice shook a little. ‘Not a lot of choice there, I’m afraid.’

‘Tonya…’ His blue eyes gazed at her and she saw regret there. It made her feel empty inside. Her fists curled.

‘Stop treating me like a stranger, Dan.’
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Description:

A heartwarming, sensual romance set in Goa during the festive season and Easter.

Christmas brought an unexpected sparkle in his life
Dan Tollinger is having a bad Christmas. He lost his wife to terminal illness and his boys are behaving badly. He’s at his shopping center all day, how can he manage them when he can’t find the time?
Tonya needs premises to run her business after her bakery got damaged in a fire. With a son to bring up on her own, the sensible option is to accept Dan’s job offer to housekeep while putting her business back on the track. But will this job be so easy? Dan is brusque and to the point, while his boys don’t listen at all!
Then unexpectedly, she finds herself succumbing to her attraction to Dan. And it seems he’s not immune either!
Would it be wise to give in to desire and hope something more kindles between them?