Celebrate Romance with a romance book mate: #HiddenPassion

We romance readers love our hunky heroes, don’t we?  Today on Celebrate Romance series posts, I have the spotlight on magnificent King Deveshwaraya, a brooding warrior king with an ingrained protective instinct.
Devesh, as he’s known in the story, was born in the house of a musician but due to hardships turned to farming. When faced with atrocities of a luxury-addicted monarches, he turned rebel and staged an uprising. In the process, he had to give up his fiancée and harden his heart against love.
But Rukmani, an impetuous princess came into his life, challenging all his concepts of duty and tempting him to cross the bounds he has set himself.
Rukmani doesn’t pretend to herself. She’s attracted to the king and determined not to let anything stand in their way. To get a glimpse into her conflict, have a look at this excerpt from the book:
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Each time they had met for several occasions it had been like this. His glance would search for her in the crowd but he would refuse the eye lock and she’d feel restless. It seemed to her it was a game they had become accustomed to playing. If he did look at her long enough to let their glances mesh and tangle till she could see the darkening of his gaze, he would break it off and turn away and not look at her again.

It had happened again this morning. Disengagement and withdrawal. Why? Why did a bold Maharaja refuse to face a maiden? Maybe it was deference. Maybe she should be pleased at it but she wasn’t. She’d had enough of those games and the conventions which separated them. She wasn’t going to hold back when she knew she was attracted to him.

Since he’d stepped into their lives, a broad-shouldered tough giant, she had developed a kind of enthrallment in him. The very day he had entered their rajmahal, covering the carpeted floor of the rajyasabha with broad strides, his head angled proudly like a lion’s, she had known he was someone totally outside her experience, but she had resented his power. Then the confrontation she had forced on him had changed her opinion of him totally. With passage of time, his acquaintance with her brothers had deepened as political policies demanded. Thrown into his company she found, so did her attraction to this unconventional monarch.

Yes, he was unconventional…wasn’t he the farmer king? The Northern rulers were half-dazed by his rise to power. Yet people feared him too. The iron hand that had clamped on the previous king’s throat deserved everyone’s respect and no one dared challenge it. They said he had matched his strength with a tiger and come out winning. The tale was proclaimed in the gold coins he had issued since coming into power. The engraving on them showed him holding a slain tiger on those immense shoulders.
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Read all about powerful Maharaja Devesh and daring princess Rukmani in Hidden Passion, first book in the Indian Princesses Saga, Kamboj Series.

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Sharing here an excerpt from Hidden Passion the story of Kamboj Princess Rukmani.
Rukmani is impetuous and unconventional as is shown by this snippet.
Hope you enjoy!
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He chuckled, startling her out of her dejection, the sound stealing pleasurably to her toes. ‘That passive image is difficult to reconcile with you. No, priya. You’re certainly not so patient as to sit quietly at home. Where did you get that idea? I do wonder. You who’s always after the nearest person she can find to take her spear-hunting or arching arrows or jumping her horse over the obstacles.’

She smiled back, an involuntary shiver stealing down her spine as she saw humour light up those unfathomable eyes which usually gave nothing away.

‘And would you like someone like that with you? Such a wife would be a trial to a Maharaja, wouldn’t she?’

‘I don’t know. He might enjoy taming her wild streak,’ his eyes glinted at her, not backing down.

‘And if she refused to be tamed? What would you do then, maharaj?’

‘Me? I have my ways. I think I’d be able to persuade her.’ His gaze dropped to her mouth.

Awareness rose again, gripping her by the throat. She swallowed as desire to have him physically close swept through her.

She said huskily, ‘Devesh, we are not held by social boundaries now. Why should we have this distance between us?’

Immediately the humour was wiped out of his face, his expression becoming rigid with anger. ‘You’re being foolish. I was jesting. You know I won’t marry you.’

‘I don’t care about marriage.’
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#Coverreveal – Hidden Passion by Summerita Rhayne

Hello friends! 
 
I’m very excited to share the cover of my new book which is a historical romance. Hidden Passion is the story of Princess Rukmani and King Deveshwarya, set in the early medieval India. I’ve always been fascinated by that period of the brave and wise maharajas and beautiful and courageous rajkumaris whose tales I read growing up in Chandamama and Amar Chitra Katha…I wonder how many can relate to those names *smile* But whether you can or not, I feel, no one can remain untouched by the romance and richness of that period. There’s a drama and intrigue in history that simply calls out to imagination. I’ve always wanted to write a historical and the idea for this book came to me in form an image: A princess seeking the sanctuary of a Maharaja whom she thinks she can depend on but that Maharaja being unwilling to help her. I had to think why he wouldn’t and why she had to run to him and slowly the characters took shape: Rukmani, a princess of the Kamboj clan who has been pampered by her family but now is suddenly without support and Deveshwaraya, a Samrat who was not born to a throne but comes to rule by following his convictions.
 
I had a lot of fun delving into history while charting out the setting and the events of this novella. As my characters were not blind followers of tradition, I was able to let my imagination loose a lot. But I also made use of the customs prevalent in the period in the story. For instance, in those times, the princesses could choose their own husbands by the ritual of swayamvara yet the outcome of these was often tied up with many political consequences. Rukmani also finds such a situation hindering her path to love. Even princesses had to struggle sometimes to get their heart’s desire. So even for them life wasn’t easy! 
This is my first historical getting published, so it’s a huge moment for me. Hope you all love the cover!
 
 


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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 she has fallen for the wrong man. 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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#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! 🙂