#review Seduced in Spain by Devika Fernando #romance

Seduced in Spain is second book in the Romance round the world series by Devika Fernando, but it’s a standalone read and complete in itself. I must say the cover is fabulous and the author is to be congratulated for it. The story is full of ups and downs for the lead couple. The hallmark of the book is that it is set in exotic locales. The setting rings true and you  get detailed view of the region. The author takes you to Spanish festivals, acquaints you with traditions and whisks you off to vineyards and museums. The food and flavour of the region is beautifully explored. The Alpha hero has his vulnerable moments and the heroine, though shy, is determined and staunch. A series of misconceptions keeps them apart, but everything is finally resolved to provide a lovely happy ever after.

Read it for an exploratory romantic journey to Spain.

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Spotlight on Forbidden coauthored by Mike Wells and Devika Fernando #Tornado Giveaway

Name of the Book : FORBIDDEN Books 1, 2 & 3
Author: Mike Wells & Devika Fernando
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The Story :
When Lady Eleanor Sotheby unexpectedly enters the life of Jayne Clark, a 23-year old waitress from Wichita, Kansas, Jayne’s world is turned upside down. Not only is she welcomed into a family that she never knew, but she is thrust headlong into the highest strata of European society. Nothing is too grand in the fairy tale lives of the uber-rich–the spectacular seaside villas, the sleek, chauffeured limousines, the outrageously expensive designer clothes. When Jayne plays her part and learns to fit into this new world, she meets Robert Astor, the man of her dreams. But her feelings for Robert are forbidden. Jayne’s heady new life begins to unravel into a dark web of deceit, domination and greed…and she ultimately finds herself confronting an evil that truly has no limits.
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Mike Wells 
 
About Mike Wells in his own words: I’m American bestselling author of the Lust, Money & Murder series and over 20 other thriller and suspense books. I also have taught in the Creative Writing program at Oxford. I’m known for my super fast-paced, ‘unputdownable’ novels.
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Devika Fernando


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.
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Should we write only what we know? Guest post by Devika Fernando

Should we write what we know? When I started reading about the craft of writing, this was one of the most repeated tips I came across. I read it in different guises but it seemed everyone was saying the same thing: Write what you know. It puzzled me and, I admit, scared me too. What did I know? Precious little it seemed to me. Still I was driven to write. In my head characters would speak and make it imperative that I note down what they said. Their words conveyed struggles and emotions and opinions – sometimes, opinions that I did not hold with  but were intrinsic to their beliefs. At odd moments, things that happened in my life would trigger a possibility, a scope of something bigger and wider than that moment or incident. It was a story promise, one that I could develop into a book. Did I need to know all that was needed to write all of it? no. Then should I let that spark of imagination die out and let myself be held back because of that?

Today I have romance and fantasy author Devika Fernando on my blog talking about the ever lasting argument. Here’s what I asked her

Do you agree with the oft voiced opinion that one should write what one knows? Why or why not?

Take it away, Devika! We would love to hear your take on it.

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Ah, the dreaded question that divides writers… 😉 My answer is a mix of YES and NO. Here’s why. Reasons why it helps to write what you know: If something is familiar to you, it is much easier to write about. That’s an advantage if you’re just starting as an author. There’s not so much thinking involved and you don’t need a lot of research, so you can write faster and ‘feel at home’ in the story. Also, knowing your way around a certain topic allows you to dig deeper instead of just scratching the surface and offering common truths and obvious facts. On the other hand, sometimes you may think you know something but end up presenting wrong facts because you hadn’t bothered to verify them. With “Saved in Sri Lanka”, some of my writing flowed really well and reads authentic and captivating because I actually know some of the things personally and injected a little of myself into the Sri Lankan heroine. Then again, nobody so far has complained that my foreign heroines are less credible and fleshed out… Reasons why it’s silly to think you have to stick to what you know: We’re writers, and imagination is our lifeblood. How dull would books be if everyone only wrote about what they knew? What about all the stories revolving around fantasy and the paranormal, around legends and mythical creatures? Or just take historical fiction: None of the authors has actually experienced the era in the past, but they manage to bring it alive nonetheless. Likewise, not every author has experienced murder, abuse, addiction or kidnapping or a forced relationship. It is part of their strength that they know how to identify with the victims and villains without actual experience. Sometimes the ‘what you know’ refers to the main genre an author starts with / sticks to and not to the topic and theme. I tend to agree that it helps not to write across all imaginable genres because we all have our strength(s) and can flourish more in those areas. Then again, there is nothing wrong with branching out, testing your limits and making new experiences. After all, we would never have the world’s most ingenuous inventions if people had stuck to what they knew… Let me conclude with this sentence: You don’t necessarily have to write what you know, but you have to know how to present it, and you have to enjoy writing it.

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Thanks Devika.

I agree with Devika. Sometimes authors have to write more than what they know. Internet has made it very easy for us to research a host of topics. We can browse and find books which hold the subject matter of our interest. I must add here that there are things we as humans know universally. We all know what happiness, surprise, anger, fear feels like. Emotions are universal and emotions are what make the story powerful. Where research of settings and the technical aspects you put into writing must be believable, at the same time, more important in the writing is the character and their story. Story is king and emotions are the royal accessories. Your story kingdom, however well etched out from the research point of view will be bereft without those 🙂

If you are an author, have you faced this question? What’s your take on write what you know?

This post is a part of the blog tour held by the Book Club.

Saved In Sri Lanka by 
Devika Fernando
Some People Are Destined To Meet 

 

Blurb 

Some people are destined to meet.It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.

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About Devika Fernando

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.

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#Wednesdaywritingtips: Sharing #writingtips from #authors

Hello and welcome to another installment of Wednesday writing tips. On Wednesday I put up writing advice pertaining to various arenas of writing given by authors based on their own experience. I started this section as Writerstipswednesday but now think Wednesday writing tips is more suitable, so have renamed it. Many thanks to Devika for her help in selecting the hashtag 🙂 If you share this, please use #Wednesdaywritingtips to connect the posts.

Today I have authors talking about writing craft, using ideas, adding pace to your writing and some plotting advice from yours truly.

Tess Woods, Harper Collins author has this valuable advice about giving your ideas more meaning in your story. She says:

“The best advice I have received with my own writing was to make sure that everything you write about is relevant to the story. If you describe a pet bird, then you better make sure that bird then features somehow in the plot or there was no point mentioning it. This cuts out a lot of excessive descriptions and keeps the pace nice and fast to keep readers engaged.”

Have you had trouble keeping track of your ideas while you try to put them in the plot? Our memory is most treacherous and the things you are sure you will remember will slip out of your grasp.

Sharon Boothroyd of Kishboo e-mag has this to share regarding keeping ideas and reworking them.

“Keep an ideas book, so these ideas can develop into a story. Jot a list of titles, and write a story for the title. Always re-draft rejected stories and think of another place to send them. Start a story with a line of dialogue -a question is a good opening. Describe all the senses in fiction – smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Always finish a piece of work. Keep writing!”

Devika Fernando, romance and fantasy author, relates how she adds pace to her writing:

“I find it very useful to write each chapter of my book in a separate Word document in the beginning. It makes it easier to search for something I want to clarify or rewrite during my rounds of revising editing. It also helps me to make sure that I have a good first line that grabs the reader’s attention, and an equally great last line that makes the reader want to find out what happens next. Another advantage is that I feel motivated to write the whole chapter in one go, so I can ‘close’ the document and start afresh on another chapter.”

Those who like to take pen to paper before fingers on the keyboard will resonate with Deep Downer‘s experience. This advertising professional-turned-author has this knack of getting editing done efficiently. His take:

“Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my fountain pen (a Mont Blanc; yeah I’m a showoff) and a notebook to write the first draft. I feel I write faster that way, and the flow of thought is expedited too.
What it also does is, give me an additional avenue for editing, while I’m typing it on the laptop. That’s my first edit. After I finish typing, I let it rest for a couple of weeks, besides giving my eyes a change of scenery. After the cooling-off period, I open it again, afresh, and start editing the heck out of it. It usually then takes three rounds of editing – with at least a week between each of them – before I send it to the betas and/or start with proofing.”

Thanks Tess, Sharon, Devika and Deep Downer for sharing your writing tactics.

Here’s my input for today: “While plotting your story, do not go into the nitty gritty details. It will take the surprise element out of your writing. If you can’t think of what should happen after X, leave some space and go on to the event Z. Y will come when you get down to writing it. Take my word for it. Who knows you may find Y split into Ya, Yb and so on and you might get some nice subplots to add twists to your tale. So don’t plot too much. Trust the process.”

That’s all for today. Stay tuned for more in writing by following #Wednesdaywritingtips

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The #LeibsterAward blog hop post

 

Liebster Award Nomination

Thank you, Devika Fernando, for nominating my website for the Liebster Blog Award! This looks like fun, and I love it when authors / bloggers support each other.

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The Rules

  1. Link back and thank the blogger who nominated you in your post.
  2. List 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Pick 5 – 10 new bloggers (must have less than 300 followers) to nominate and ask them 11 new questions. Do not re-nominate the blogger that nominated you.
  5. Go to each new blogger’s site and inform them of their nomination.To learn more about the Liebster Award, check out this post by Lorraine Reguly.

 

11 random facts about myself

  1. In college, I would often sketch cartoony characters when the professors were teaching. Also play tic-tac-toe. Yeah, some lectures were really boring 😉
  2. I used to make cross stitch patterns and get them framed.   wpid-20140520_115109.jpg
  3. I’m still learning to drive. I’ve got a lot better than I was! 😉
  4. I analyse everything.
  5. Also worry over most things.
  6. I like restaurant food better.
  7. I don’t like rash driving or loud music.
  8. I like to spend quiet time reading or watching a romcom.
  9. I sometimes have fun in writing by making my characters do funny things.
  10. I lose track of time while writing.
  11. I would love to write a murder mystery.

Questions asked by Devika

1.  Name three secrets that you never told anyone.

Can’t think of even one, let alone three. I mean I may not share everything with everyone, but do share different things with different people who are close to me.

2. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?  
Buy a luxury villa, and buy all the books of my favourite authors and author friends. Also tour the world.

3. Looking over the last ten years, what is one goal you have achieved and one that you have not achieved?  
I’ve got published and got promoted at work, so that’s on the achieved list. I’m still to reach the target of earning big through writing.

4. What are your plans for retirement? And will you travel, if so where and why?  
I would like to retire in a hilly place with lots of greenery and a quiet sort of life. Travel…well, anywhere where I’ve not been before would do. Well, obviously somewhere scenic.

5. Favorite drink on a Friday night?
I guess what I drink every night. Milk. No alcohol for me. And sometimes I don’t have an off on Saturday, so no tea/coffee as it keeps me awake.

6. What do you think the secret is to a good marriage or relationship with a significant other is?  
Don’t have a different set of rules for them than yourself. If you overlook your own mistakes, cut them some slack too. And above all, encourage your partner in what they want to do.

7. Name three words that describe your personality.  
Procrastinating, confused, forgetful…oh I have many more adjectives like those.

8. Home-cooked meal or take-out? 
I like to cook for my family but at weekends one does like to take a break.

9. When was the last time you blogged and what was the topic? 
Yesterday. It’s a #sexysnippet from my wip https://summeritarhayne.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/sexysnippet-from-tahir-and-samaras-story/

10. What do you think the key is to happiness? 
Happiness occurs in random slices. The key to happiness is getting what you are aiming for at that moment. It doesn’t always happen, so the second option is try to grin and bear it as much as you can and put in your energy in the next battle. Enjoy your time with your family.

11. Who is your favorite poet and why? 
Shakespeare. Read this and you’ll agree 🙂 http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/all-the-world-s-a-stage/

Questions asked by Me

I think the above questions are quite interesting so I will ask my tagged friends to answer these. 🙂 Skip any you don’t like and add any you’d like to!

 

 

My Liebster Nominations

Natasha Ahmed

http://dearrumi.com/versatile-blogger-award/

Maeve Grayson

maevegreyson.blogspot.com 

Incy Black

https://www.facebook.com/incy.black?fref=ts

Bhargavi Balachandran

 bedazzledeternally@blogspot.com

Candy Hornbeam

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008139853756

Those not blogging at the moment will be posting on Facebook.

Anyone else who wants to participate, consider yourself tagged 🙂