#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

#TheEligiblePrincess #Amazon #bestseller rank #33

This morning I found that The Eligible Princess is still in top 100 paid bestsellers at Amazon! I’m excited to see that this tale of historical intrigue, with a bit of inventions thrown in, is drawing a great response.
It’s getting 2000+ pages read most days at Kindle Unlimited which is another lovely surprise.

“The writer takes the readers through a magical journey of yesteryears, with the Kings, the Queens, the army, the kingdoms, the palaces, all portrayed so beautifully, in all their grandeur.”
      –  From Amazon review by author Deep Downer.

If you’d like a sample of first two chapters, please leave a message through the contact me page.

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Alternatively, you can download a small sample at:

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

Here’s something about the book:

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. 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.

Also read Hidden Passion, Book 1 in the series.

Contest results #TheEligiblePrincess #Giveaway

Thank you all for participating in The Eligible Princess giveaway.
The contest was to message me or comment on the post why you want to read historical fiction.
So now from the entries, I’m picking out a winner…no, wait! Surprise! There are not one but two winners!
And they are….drum roll…
Reet Singh and Arvind Passey!
Congrats!

If you didn’t win, there will be more giveaways soon, so stay tuned.

You can check out more about The Eligible Princess at
Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Eligible-Princess-Lakshaya-Kamboj-Princesses-ebook/dp/B00Z09FAQA
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#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

#Book #sale #historicalfiction #series

You are invited to check out this historical fiction series Book Sale!

Two historical romances. One series. Enjoy at low prices!

Kamboj Princesses Saga begins with Princess Rukmani, the youngest princess.
Hidden Passion:
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. But when she expresses her wishes, her world comes crumbling down because it seems aristocratic affairs matter 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.
Price reduced $1.99 to 99 cents at all outlets.

“An historical romance filled with yearning and discovery.”
~ Wendy Lou Jones, Harper Impulse author

Buy Links: 
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Passion-Kamboj-Princess-Rukmani-ebook/dp/B00RBUM0EG

Print edition: https://www.createspace.com/5205194 
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The series continues with Rukmani’s sister Lakshaya in
The Eligible Princess (new release)
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 science to the art 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?

Set in Early Middle Ages in India, Book 2 in the Kamboj Princesses Saga follows Lakshaya in her journey to discover desire, passion, intrigue and love.

Preorder now at

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

Actual price $3.99
Preorder at special reduced price of $1.99

#Coverreveal #Book 2 #KambojPrincessesSaga #TheEligiblePrincess

Thrilled to share, courtesy The Book Club, the cover of Book 2 In the Kamboj Princesses Saga. If you’ve read Hidden Passion, prepare yourself to get immersed in opulence and adventure of early medieval India



Cover Reveal:


The Eligible Princess



AFTER HIDDEN PASSION, THE KAMBOJ PRINCESSES SAGA CONTINUES WITH RUKMANI’S SISTER LAKSHAYA…

by 


Summerita Rhayne



Blurb 


King Kartikeya needs a bride. The more blue-blooded the better for him. Princess Lakshaya must marry to please her family. She is sick of being rejected by suitor after suitor. She must not fail this time. 



But what when she finds that King Kartikeya is not who she thinks he is? Can she still go ahead with this marriage? Set in Early Middle Ages in India, Book 2 in the Kamboj Princesses Saga follows Lakshaya in her journey to discover the passion of her life and love. Find adventure, intrigue, history and romance in this sensual historical fiction, Book 2 in the Kamboj Princesses Saga.


Pre-order Now @
ACTUAL PRICE $3.99
PREORDER AT SPECIAL REDUCED PRICE OF $1.99

About the Author 


 

Summerita Rhayne loves to write sensual and emotional romance. There’s no knowing when some quirky – or sometimes even not so quirky – happening in daily life might trigger her right brain and then she’s off craving a new story. She loves writing characters who learn and grow and find their way out of their troubles and emotional hang-ups. Hot, sensual heroes and sassy but sweet heroines mostly fit the bill in her stories. She also believes that a touch of humor never goes amiss in a book.





She divides her time between family, job and writing – and loves winding down with music, movies and the internet!


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Preorder announcement #historical #romance #TheEligiblePrincess

I came here all super excited to share the news of the new book but…koff…koff…I see that this place needs to be cleaned up a bit. Haven’t visited here for a while… *goes red about the ears* oh I’m going to set that right in a minute.

Two hours later.
Well now it’s about right…oh don’t regard that patch…oh ok! *sighs* I’ll tackle it… What? I’m supposed to vacuum too? Oh no. Think of my back… my sapping energy…my book!
No mercy? I’ll get to it then.
Please keep the coffee ready!

Two more hours later…

Well, it’s not going to get better unless I go for redecoration – what? You want a new look? Hey no, I like it here…it’s homely and…and comfortable. Oh the carpet is… oh, I’ll get the cleaners to tackle that stain. Really, I would! No, it won’t take a year to get to it. See, I’m finished with the WIP and having a book out so I’ve got…you know…time!
What’s that you say? Time flies? New ideas take hold? True, but I promise…no,  this time I will keep my word. Anyway, now I have the place looking spotless and bright… *stands on the carpet stain* See? This looks like a new place!

Ah, here’s the news 🙂 🙂

The Eligible Princess is up for pre order at Amazon. It is the second book in the Kamboj Princesses Saga. The first book Hidden Passion followed the story of Rukmani and this is about her sister Lakshaya.
Set in the early middle ages in India, it follows Princess Lakshaya’s journey to find passion of her heart and her mind.

Stay tuned for blurb and cover reveal in a few days.
Meanwhile follow #TheEligiblePrincess on Facebook to read snippets from the book.

You can kook up the details and pre order #TheEligiblePrincess at:
(Psst do go have a look!)

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z09FAQA

Good news! It’s available at a discount for pre order.
Actual price: $3.99
Preorder price: $1.99

Visit again…I’m going to keep this tidy and ordered.
I promise! 😉 Anyway, while talking about books and writing, who’s going to mind a few dust bunnies? 😉

Do strong female characters invalidate the male hero?

This post was inspired by a number of factors occurring together. There was this post by Chuck Wendig, then a critique I did for an author friend, a romance that I read – which I mention later in this post – and my own experience in writing.

Most of the time in genre fiction, we have a male hero. The female character at best is a helping hand. In romance, which I write and read a lot and hence will be talking about, we do have a story usually progressing from the heroine’s point of view. But is it really heroine-driven?

I’ll diverge a little from the topic here to try to differentiate between heroine oriented and heroine driven plots. I’m taking these terms to mean a heroine oriented story is about her, not necessarily making her in charge or the ‘hero’ of the story. There can be things happening to her and she might just be cataloging all that without really affecting the course of the story.

She is the ‘hero’ when she is responsible for at least a few major changes in the course of the story.

That differentiation isn’t simple when you are writing romance. You know what’s a big dilemma in writing romance? The first is finding the balance in devoting proper space to the characters.
Sure you can write from one character’s pov but even then you must have the proper fleshing out of the other character. What they are or aren’t from the pov of your pov character. What they won’t be and why that irks your pov character.
Here comes the problem. If you write a story centered around one character, that isn’t romance. Maybe a romantic biographical experience. For it, to be romance, you have to focus on two people and give their story equivalent, if not, equal space and emphasis.

In the older genre of romances that I used to read in my teens, it was common to have the narration mainly through the female character, through whose eyes one saw the hero (what I call heroine oriented story). Nowadays, there are usually two povs and I for one, enjoy reading and writing both the characters’ points of view. But in spite of the story proceeding from both the directions, at times one can overshadow the other especially when that character is bringing more change in the story.

Most of the time, it’s the hero. In fact, Alpha is the term coined just for romance heroes who are expected and designed to take charge. But if they take charge of ALL the events, what’s left for the heroine to do?

Here’s the second dilemma in romance fiction.

And the third. Can this situation occur in reverse?

This was illustrated to me in a book I read recently. Read my review of that book here. In this, the hero was not the strong dominant type. At first it irked because one looks for that in Harlequin romance but the start was interesting, so I settled into the story and it looked like he had some growing up to do, which was fine. But then the growing up was thrust into your face when, with the turn of the page, the book jumped four years. Maybe if it had been from his point of view and we were taken through it in stages it wouldn’t have been so bad but I was seriously considering throwing the book at the wall at this point. However, I had the time and I rarely give up on a book so I stuck on skimming the paragraphs till I could find the main characters together again. I did finish the book but it seemed to me that an attempt had been made to steal the heroine’s thunder in giving the hero a more ‘heroic’ personality. He was made to grow up and assume the ‘hero’ mantle and ‘hero’ features in a hurry and at the cost of reader interest.
It is common to find the story being sacrificed to fit in category romance. But to this extent? To change and remold the characters? Is that even wise?

Which makes me think, maybe they do have a point. This feeling was reinforced when I resumed work on my current book, The Eligible Princess.
To update you, this is a historical romance and involves the heroine’s journey.  Also the hero’s journey because in romance – the way I see it – both must occur together.
Now here in this book whenever I have the heroine doing something which is like taking up the reins, assuming control of her life and somehow even the story…when she does that, the hero comes across as a…well…wimp. If she faces danger the question comes ‘What doesn’t he know better than letting her go and head into it?’ I began to run out of ideas of what she could do without thoroughly hogging the limelight.

I ended up empathizing more with the book I had just finished. You never know how they pinch till you have worn the shoes yourself, isn’t it? *sigh*

Have you faced this trouble with strong female leads? While reading or while writing? Do they eclipse the hero? Is that a problem? In romance, do you expect the hero to play a more defining role? Would you like a romance where the female lead dictated most of the action? Do you like to read both the hero and heroine’s pov in romance?
Do share your views.