#Bestseller in #Amazon category #top100paid #SecondChanceAtForever #SCAF 

Hi all, today I am happy to share some nice book news that I came across. Seems Second Chance At Forever is doing good at Amazon. Found it at no. 38 in its category at Amazon US.

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#SecondChanceAtForever  #SCAF at no.38 in its category at Amazon. com. A heartwarming romance about second chances.

https://www.amazon.com/Second-Chance-Forever-Summerita-Rhayne-ebook/dp/B01IE40CTM 

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#review #BathTangle by Georgette Heyer 

Bath Tangle is a historical romance by Georgette Heyer. It features two strong protagonists and a sort of double romance with two secondary characters which are much more likeable than the main characters.

​I really didn’t know how to rate this book. The beginning and the end are so much better than the middle.

First of all, I had a different impression of it than what the book turned out to be. I picked it up, thinking it would be something in the line of a light adventure, maybe similar to the Corinthian. The cover gives the impression of more liveliness than is present in the story. 

*Warning for spoilers ahead.*

The start gives us a different picture of the heroine than what we find as the book progresses. She doesn’t come across as headstrong and bad tempered in the beginning, but soon that image is dispelled. The book becomes dull for a few pages but perks up as the setting changes. 

Serena and Ivo are not very lovable or aspiring protagonists. The plus about the book is they had been depicted with all their faults without any excuses. However, continued clashes and battle of wills just makes the reader tired. The ending provided some insight and of course a lot of romance but I did wonder what sort of life they would have together if they can’t get along with each other. Moreover, they are unlikely to retain many friends either. A romance rather like Wuthering Heights, though a bit mellower.

Another thing I missed was that very little explanation was given for their past. Little or no account why they became engaged or why it failed. It would have helped to understand them better.

The reason I ended up giving four stars was that there was an uplifting feeling in reading Serena’s totally independent nature. She does become aspiring in the sense that she doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion and cuts herself no slack, so to speak. However, it is clear she can do as she pleases because of the license her position and social status gives her, so that takes away any feeling that she has faced any hardships to become what she is. Still it was good to read this sort of female character.

#Review Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns is a piece of fiction by John Green. It can be called as a suspense. I would even call it an emotional suspense.

When you read something moving, you can no longer elaborate on it dispassionately. So I’m not really reviewing but actually going into a discussion about the book. As far as the review portion is concerned, my verdict is, it should be read. Though it might make you feel as frustrated as I felt when I finally put it down. But the whole aura of emotional thriller and the underlying quest of finding the physical person and the person will stimulate your mind. The ending was a bit of a letdown.

**Spoilers alert.**

That is why, I say this is not a review. I can’t opine on things without mentioning what those things are. So, go read the book and then come back here and agree/disagree with me.
There are many things to criticize in this book. Some people behave very unnaturally. There’s much of what teens ‘should’ consider cool. For instance, I saw nothing bad in Q’s parents. They were devoted to him. So why should the author applaud him for lying to them? It seems he wasn’t quite sure if teens can be honest to their parents.

The whole vandalism thing in the beginning was also nothing to write home about.

He overdid the infatuation thing. He could ‘smell’ her in spite of algae and all the romanticism…I realize it was put there to look like it, but still!

And the overriding question. Was the end natural? He loved her enough to chase after her and do everything, not feel angry at her when he finds her (his reaction was way too cool, he was an angel about it all!) and then – when it came to it, he didn’t love her enough to go with her? Mighty unbelievable to me.

Why couldn’t he just ask his parents to help him fly out to the place? Again moot question in the story but valid if you think logically about it after shutting the book.

The character of Margo isn’t justified. That’s the only word I can use. It isn’t justified and so that’s why Q isn’t justified in loving her. Even though that is the point. Still, in the end, he does love her. Or they would have parted with not too many regrets. The waters are muddy here.

However, the ideas in the book are like emotional tantalizers. You do get immersed in the story. Into the book. Brilliant, clever writing. Convincing, clearly depicted characters. It leaves you with more questions than answers. Maybe that’s the point. But in the end, just like it is said in the book…the planning is more fun than reaching…so was the reading more fun than the ending. Q becomes somewhat of a paper boy because he did what a real person wouldn’t and in exalting him, the story was defeated.

going back to Margo, I couldn’t forgive her for her behavior. Were her parents so nasty that she had to be like that? What did I miss? I had the idea that the author went too much into child mind…real and imagined hurts. A teen is more capable of reasoning and evaluation or so I think. She was just a girl. That’s the protagonist’s discovery. But doesn’t he live in the real world? Girls are not like that. So, just a girl wasn’t her either.
Well, it’s a mystery isn’t it? However, I have read whodunits tying up plots more tidily than it did. It manages to hold interest for 300 odd pages. It has some very good quotes and observations. I wish there could have been a big revelation at the end tying everything together. Even with the downsized twist and some overdone moments, it makes to the recommended category.
I give it four stars.

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts on it?

#HiddenPassion in the #bestseller category! #Amazon #kindle

Happy to share Hidden Passion, historical romance set in 600AD India is at no. 86 in Amazon bestsellers!
I love this book because I had fun penning the character of impetuous,  spoilt but readily penitent Rukmani, the youngest of the Kamboj Princesses.
In case you are wondering the book is a work of fiction and has no connection with folklore or actual history except the use of the period setting.

Here’s something about the book

Stalled by her family’s opposition to her choice of husband, Rukmani must seek help from King Deveshwaraya, the man she wants to marry…but who has rejected her…

Devesh finds desire warring with duty. Can he throw away everything he has worked for and reach out for the passion that Rukmani alluringly offers him?

At #86 right now in Kindle ebooks > History  > Asia > India
Buy at:
Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RBUM0EG

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hidden-passion-summerita-rhayne/1121104693?ean=2940046527285&itm=1&usri=2940046527285

itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/x/id961155304

Print edition: https://www.createspace.com/5205194 

Add to Goodreads at: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24056617-hidden-passion

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#TheEligiblePrincess in #bestseller list at Amazon

‘Staging her own kidnapping seems the only way she can flee the inescapable trap of marriage sprung on her…’

For Princess Lakshaya it seemed the only course open to avoid getting married and she did it. I loved writing about this intrepid princess and also her counterpart, a magnificent king. He supports her even in her engineering pursuits – but she flees him to avoid having to accept his proposal. Seems so unreasonable, doesn’t it? But Lakshaya is far from illogical. Her story is full of twists and turns as she wrestles between following the path of her heart and expectations of her family.

The Eligible Princess is at no. 46 today in its Amazon recommended category

http://www.amazon.com/Eligible-Princess-Lakshaya-Kamboj-Princesses-ebook/dp/B00Z09FAQA

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Blurb:
King Kartikeya wants a bride. If he wants his people to remain loyal to him, he has to present princess from the North to them as his wife. He will do his utmost to keep the public happy and his crown in place.
Princess Lakshaya is tired of being presented to royal suitors again and again and getting rejected. She wants nothing better than to paint or conduct her mathematical experiments. A grand king like Kartikeya would only find faults in her. She is afraid she would fail to impress him and be taunted for it.
But Kartik is not at all what she expected. Attractive and dashing, he sets out to woo her. She’s intrigued and ensnared by her magnificent suitor. He almost wins her heart but then she finds he has secrets and a past which she cannot accept.
Staging her own kidnapping seems the only way she can flee the inescapable trap of marriage sprung on her…

From princess to queen, The Eligible Princess follows the journey of Princess Lakshaya to find her destiny – and love.

If you’ve read it, please leave a review here http://www.amazon.com/Eligible-Princess-Lakshaya-Kamboj-Princesses-ebook/dp/B00Z09FAQA

#Kindle #ebook sale for #TheEligiblePrincess!

The Eligible Princess which is Book2 in the Kamboj Princesses Saga.
is available for $1.99 instead of $2.99 for two days starting 5th Sept.
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If you like history and historical fiction, you will like to check out this period romance which is set in early medieval India. 

Blurb: 
King Kartikeya must marry a princess. He’s determined to do anything to keep the kingdom that he has taken with strategy and sheer guts. If that involves charming a princess into marriage, then so be it. 
Princess Lakshaya infinitely prefers the study of her scientific experiments to the learning of the arts of impressing a suitor. In fact, she would rather have no more proposals at all. But refusing a king as opulent as Kartik is out of question. Drawn against her will by the force of his attraction, she begins to accept him, only to discover hidden secrets along the way. 

Can she bring herself to go ahead with this marriage? 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z09FAQA

Guest post at Romance University blog – Get Physical With Your Work-in-Progress (and Not Mental)

Write in present. Don’t look too far ahead in your book. Here’s an excerpt from my guest post at Romance University where I explore this subject.
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The story that you write is usually something that means a lot to you. You put in your time and invest emotions in it to create it. It is your passion. For people who work on one project, it’s the main subject dominating their thoughts during that time. They might even eat, drink and sleep their work in progress, so to speak. Are you like that with your work? Yes? Then read on to find out what you’re doing wrong.

While we are engaged mentally and emotionally with our wip, we sometimes tend to get too close to it. We miss the development and evolvement of the story. You might argue that the development is in your hands as a writer. True, but in every story, the growth also depends on the characters. A major part of what makes the plot move forward is how your character reacts to obstacles. We can’t go on and impose just any storyline on the characters. When we do, it starts to feel wrong. Our hands falter at the keyboard. Writing becomes wooden. We might even develop a fear of writing. This can lead to a block which progresses to an extent when we can’t even think of working on the project.

Why did this happen? Let’s see.

When you begin a project, you are excited and poised at the brink of new discovery. At that time, you couldn’t stop thinking of it. The first chapter is written and it feels like a miraculous accomplishment. You go on to plan what would happen in the second one as you close the laptop and push back the chair. As you wander out of the room and reminded by the grumbling of your stomach, you set to conjure lunch, you’re still mulling on it. In plotting the third chapter, you hit a road block when you don’t know, for instance, how H/h will meet again. But as you peel potatoes, you hit upon an idea. Why not have them stumble in the restaurant? You slice veggies and nod slowly. Yes, they both love pastry and so go to buy it at the same shop. By now, you have their conversation in your head. You’re smiling, picturing the dialogue printed in the book. A few interruptions later, you get another moment free, say, doing the ironing. Hands engaged, mind free i.e. HEMF and you get to it again. You are halfway through the story now, trying to think up the details of the black moment.

By nightfall, you have the hea or the resolution – as the case may be – wholly charted out.
Next morning you open the ms…and you can’t write a darn word.

Why… how…what? You’re not able to pin down the reason but suddenly the story that had you on your toes, seems as delicious as the lunch that you partially burnt up while thinking of it.

The thing is you lost the spirit and soul of discovery.

That’s why you should get physical with your wip.

Mental wrestling is ok when you have a difficult scene which needs minute details to be logical. But never for plotting the story.

The surprise is gone. You need the feeling of the fresh and new to keep writing.

That isn’t the only problem with thinking ahead. When you run forward mentally, you are charting out the progress of the story, keeping in mind those characters with whom you began the story. But as you write, the characters must undergo a change. 
Read more at:
http://romanceuniversity.org/2015/08/10/get-physical-with-your-work-in-progress-and-not-mental-by-summerita-rhayne