#Giveaway #ASecretTie #winner

Hi folks,

Today I am announcing the winner of the giveaway for A Secret Tie. And the winner is…drum roll…Arti Metro Reader. Congrats, Arti! I’ll send you the prize very soon!

Stay tuned for more giveaways and prizes. Subscribe to my newsletter and win a free ebook. Link given at the above bar.

Also coming up is a second edition of Against the Tide on popular demand. Many readers and author friends have said it’s too short and not *ahem* steamy enough. So, to close the gap between expectation and reality, a little anyway, I’m adding the beginning and touching up the rest of the book. Hope if you’ve enjoyed the first edition, you’ll love the second one. It will also feature the hero of the second book, A Twist of Fate.

That’s all for today. Keep reading and leaving reviews, so I know what you like.

Ciao.

#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?

Guest post by author Neelam Saxena Chandra #TheBookClub

Hi everyone, please welcome author Neelam Saxena Chandra at my blog today. She is here to share her thoughts about a question I put to her about reading and her writing. here’s my question and the following is her reply.

What is your favorite genre to read and how it reflects in your writing.

I suppose I don’t really have one particular choice of genre in reading. At different times, I am seen reading different things. When I am travelling I prefer lighter reading such as romance or mysteries (I have finished reading almost all of Agatha Christie in trains. I still remember the moment when I got so engrossed in reading one of the mysteries, that I was about to miss a flight – I was the last one to board despite checking in almost two hours before departure). However, when I am reading leisurely, I love to read something more intelligent – it could be anything ranging from spiritual to a crime thriller or even a story based on social conditions in a particular state of time and region or even a science fiction. I don’t even mind reading Amar Chitra Katha or Chacha Chowdhary. A good set of poems fascinates me. I still love reading the classics. The book I am reading when I have ample time for myself should basically be a book which enriches me after I finish it. (My favorite author is Erich Segal).

To think of it, my reading habits get reflected in my writing too. I haven’t yet stuck to one genre. I write different things at different times depending upon my state of mind – poetry, children’s stories, short stories and novels. In stories and novels, I have tried various genres such as romance, horror, supernatural, etc. If there is something common in my stories, it is love and affection.

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Thanks, Neelam.

This post is part of the blog tour for her book Sands of Time. Let’s know something about the book.

Sands Of Time 
by 
Neelam Saxena Chandra
Blurb 
‘SANDS OF TIME’ is a collection of twelve interesting stories which bring out the different moods and moments in the lives of women.
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Some Facts About the Author 
 
NeelamSaxena Chandra, an author of thirty-two books,is a record holder with the Limca Book of Records for being the author with highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi (2015). She works as Joint Secretary (U.P.S.C.).  She has won award in a poetry contest by American Embassy, Premchand award by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore international poetry award, Freedom award by Radio city for her lyrics. She was listed in the Forbes list as one of the most popular seventy eight authors in the country in 2014.

Awarded by eminent poet/lyricist Gulzarji in a Poetry Contest organized by American Society on the topic ‘Poetry for Social Change’.

Received the Rabindranath Tagore International poetry award -2014

Awarded PremchandPuraskar by Ministry of Railways (II prize)

Awarded by Children Book Trust, India in 2009.

Neelam also debuted as a lyricist in Shankar Tucker’s composition ‘Mere Sajan sun sun’ and the song has won the ‘Popular Choice’ award  in Folk Fusion category in Radio City Freedom Awards.

Neelam is a record holder with Limca Book of records for highest publications in a year in English and Hindi.

Neelam and her daughter hold record for being the first mother-daughter duo to write a poetry book for the book ‘Winter Shall Fade’ in Limca Book of Records, Miracle World Records and India Book of records.

           

 

This Tour is Hosted by 

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We leave you with a wonderful song penned by Neelam Saxena Chandra
 
 
 This guest post is hosted by Summerita Rhayne, author of Amazon bestseller ebook Against All Rules

Should we read outside our favourite genre?

Well, should we? Or is it an exercise in futility?
Let’s see. Why do we read fiction?
To get entertained.
To immerse ourselves into other worlds and for that time lose ourselves into another existence.
We watch movies or plays for much the same reasons.
Now some readers are quite flexible and able to enjoy all sorts of fiction.
Are you one of those?
Most readers though have their particular favourite flavour.
I belong to that category. I’m a diehard romance reader and there’s no better way of unwinding for me than taking up a shiny new genre book and forgetting everything else for some hours. I can read murder mysteries with relish too, though the drawback is you can’t quite put one down without knowing the end. That plays havoc with your daily routine.
When taking up thrillers or other genres, I find they can be enjoyed in small doses but I tire of them quickly.

Have you felt like that? So keeping that in mind, would it better if we just don’t step out of our preferred niche? If we stick to what we enjoy most?

Am I wasting my time reading other books that most probably I won’t read with much fervour? With so many books around I don’t lack for choice. So maybe I should concentrate on enjoyment and not exploration?

Here’s my two sides of the debate. Do share your thoughts in the comments.

Pros of reading your favourite genre fiction:
Entertainment value
Well, that’s pretty much obvious.
Must for writers
To learn :
Structure
Reader expectation
What has being done What’s trending
Finding like minded friends

Cons of reading the same genre
Becoming niche You’ll lose sight of the new happenings in other genres.
Writers beware! Like a dish which is bland without spices, your reading experience is pallid without exploring other genres. Reading vastly different genres like sci fi and romance can  provide you with that twist in your fiction and new ideas with which to refresh your story. (Check out my sci fi story in collection Unexpected Valentines. Readers have really loved it.)
Bored with it We need change. We can’t eat pizza everyday. Well, maybe some of us can! My kids for instance. But getting a balanced diet is important too.

The good thing is we have crossover or combination genre fiction to tide you over the change and gently take you out of your favourite genre. Want thrills and romance? There’s romantic suspense. Paranormal historical? Fantasy romance? You name it, it’s probably been done three hundred times already.  If not, you could have a go at it.

Which is your favourite genre? Do you like to explore different genres? Are you comfortable stepping out of your favourite literature zone?