#HiddenPassion climbs charts at #Amazon

Excited to share that Hidden Passion, the first in the Indian Princesses Saga is at #52 in Amazon recommended category.  Hidden Passion is a sensual romance set in medieval India.
Here’s something about the book:

A novella set in the Early Middle Ages in India, Hidden Passion relates the story of Princess Rukmani who wants to find love and passion and refuses to be chained by conventions.

Rukmani, the youngest of the Kamboj royal family, has always had her way and she thinks she would too when the question of her marriage arises. In accordance to the tradition of Swayamwar, in which a princess can choose whom she wants to marry, she expresses her wishes. But her father and brothers oppose her in her choice and instead command her to accept the ruler they have chosen for her for political reasons. Do aristocratic affairs matter more than her heart? Who can she run to? She seeks refuge from the strongest ruler of the region, Deveshwaraya.

Devesh has struggled to free the farmers from despotic rulers. When Rukmani presents himself at his door, he finds himself torn between duty and desire. He is drawn to her yet he knows that being with her jeopardizes everything he has worked for. When even protecting her invites trouble, how can he let his heart become involved?

When the walls of monarchical politics rise high between them, will passion and love prevail?

Hidden Passion is Book #1 in The Princesses Saga. Book #2 is titled The Eligible Princess. Both are standalone stories and can be read in any order.

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Reviews:

“There is much to love about the story of Kamboj princess Rukmani and royal ruler Devesh. The story moves along at a brisk pace, encompassing romance, tragedy, action and even a few healthy doses of philosophy and politics. The author managed to make the setting and characters come alive by painting a picture in rich detail without ever letting the plot slacken.”

Find out more about the book at Amazon.com:

https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Passion-Historical-Romance-Princesses-ebook/dp/B00RBUM0EG
It has often featured in the bestsellers category at Amazon kindle Asian history.
Check out an excerpt at:
https://summeritarhayne.com/2015/05/14/excerpt-hiddenpassion-historical-romance-fiction/

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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

#Review #Cotillion by Georgette Heyer #regency #historicals

Imagine reading a book of one of your favourite authors and absolutely loving it and then somehow losing it and even forgetting what the title is. Then few years later feeling like reading a book from the same author (Georgette Heyer) and just absently ordering That book! I was delightfully surprised at the end of second chapter when I realised this was the book I had often wanted to re-read but not been able to find.
Don’t want to spoil the surprise so I won’t comment on the story. I puzzled over who was the hero for quite some time because Heyer carried it off in her superb style, so if you want to really enjoy, Don’t read the reviews! Just get your nose into the book 🙂 If you love Heyer, you have to read this one!
Without giving away the story, I will share what I loved. All the characters stay true to their nature. That’s a difficult one to pull but I have seen Heyer do it in so many of her books. I especially note the minor characters in her stories and marvel that she pays such minute attention to even those! You don’t get a chance of an eye roll moment because the motivations are rooted firmly in the character portrayed.
I can’t help dissecting the book from an author’s point of view. From the reader’s, you might find yourself a bit lost in the first chapter but soon the characters shape up and you’re right in the story. No need to expound on the details of her research because if you have read one of her books, it is a matter of fact.
Have you rediscovered an old favourite book by chance? Share your experience. Have you read Cotillion? What was your impression? Please label spoilers if you put them in.

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1402210086

#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

#Bookreview #Harlequin #historical Wicked Rake Defiant Mistress

Wicked Rake Defiant Mistress is a Harlequin historical romance by Ann Lethbridge.

The beginning was really grab -your-throat type intriguing. It wasn’t very clear why the heroine had to take the very desperate steps and lie all the time but still the author generated enough interest to hook the reader. As I read on, I realised that every time the story settled, a fresh, quite unforeseen twist was added. This worked to quite an extent but also took the story far away from its original fresh idea. Sometimes one did feel like shaking some sense into the characters but on the whole I liked the wrap up. I had the feeling the author intended this story to be something else but then the latter part was added to mold the characters to the expected form in the genre. The character of the hero also changed quite a lot and the change was so sudden, almost like an afterthought. It looked like he was moulded to fit the title and the genre expectations.

For the writing and the original idea, I rate this book four stars.

Release Day – Hidden Passion

Woohoo! After much nitpicking and back and forth over editing and re-editing, the day has finally arrived when my new book Hidden Passion is out. It’s a sensual historical set in early medieval India. You might say it’s an adult version of the historical tales of powerful maharajas and intrepid princesses 😉 It’s a quick read, especially meant for those who love history and who love romance.

Along with that, the ebook comes with a cool opening price of only 99 cents!

Yes, only 99 cents.
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So what are you waiting for? Click here and grab this offer while it lasts.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00RBUM0EG

Blurb:

Rukmani, the youngest of her family, has always had her way and she thinks she would too when the question of her marriage arises. But when she expresses her wishes, her world comes crumbling down because aristocratic affairs seem to matter so much more than her heart. Who can she run to but the strongest ruler of the region, Deveshwaraya?

Devesh finds himself torn between duty and desire. He is drawn to her yet being with her jeopardizes everything he has worked for. When even protecting her invites trouble, how can he let his heart become involved? 

When the walls of monarchical politics rise high between them, will her passion prevail?

Hidden Passion – the story of a princess daring to reach out for her heart’s desire.
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Many thanks to those who collaborated and made this work possible. I have scant words to express my heartfelt appreciation for your efforts. Julia, Wendy, Tanu, Shree, Rubina, Devika, Jazz – this is possible because of you 🙂

Folks, check it out. Here’s the link again. Don’t wait 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00RBUM0EG

Ciao!

#WIP #Blog Challenge — Sneak Peek into my Current Writing Project

Work in Progress Blog Challenge is to let the cat out of the bag on what you are currently working on.

I’m guilty of genre hopping with my next work. After Against All Rules, which is contemporary through and through, it is strange that my Muse has latched onto a historical, but so it is and sometimes all you can do is go with the flow. So this is how Hidden Passion came about.

My current and hopefully, soon to be released, project is a historical romance set in the Early Middle Ages in India. It is a sort of tribute to all the Maharaja and rajkumaris tales I used to gobble from Amar Chitra Kathain. If you’ve read those, you’ll know what I mean.

Who isn’t fascinated by the ancient period of palaces, chariots, kings, battles and the grandeur of royalty? In my story, Rukmani is a princess, the youngest of the Kamboj beauties and she has fallen for Deveshwaraya, King of Campavati, who’s totally wrong for her. Can royalty with command over everything, also face troubles? For that check out:

Hidden Passion

…when the walls of monarchical politics rise high between them, will her passion prevail?….

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(picture credits to Angelina Kastratovich http://angy995.deviantart.com/)

For this post, I was nominated by the Harlequin romance writer, Adite Banerjie, to participate. Here are the rules:

1) Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you.
2) Write a little about your work-in-progress.
3) Give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current WIP.
4) Nominate four other writers for the challenge.

Here are the first sentences of the first three chapters of Hidden Passion :

First chapter : 

The moment he stepped into the sabha, the informal gathering he had assembled under a marquee in the verdant palace lawns for his guests, Rukmani felt her breath trap in her throat.

Second chapter:

Rukmani felt exhilarated, her spirits rising with each clop clop of the horses’ hooves.

Third Chapter: 

‘You wouldn’t want your kingdom to go to war just to have your choice of a husband, would you?’ He said softly.

Do let me know how you found the chapter starts. Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek. Stay tuned for more news on this by following this blog via email or you can follow me on Twitter @SummeritaRhayne

 

And now I tag four writers to take part:

Reet Singh

Cassandra L Shaw

Kiru Taye

Aarti V Raman

 Looking forward to your posts, folks! 🙂