Excerpt: Tanay and Mita’s first meeting
Mita took an appreciative sip of the wine and looked up, over the rim of her goblet, straight into a pair of sardonic eyes. The eyes, in a dark, bearded face, stared her down from across the room, one eyebrow arched in amusement; or was it disdain?
Irked for some reason, she raised her own eyebrow at him, although she was more in the mood to frown and turn away. The stranger held up a glass of amber liquid in a toast, and something in his expression wasn’t very polite. He made no move towards her and that in itself was rude, almost insolent.
Mita’s chin went up and it was unfortunate that she had a generous quantity of
Introducing Tanay – the irresistible hero of ‘Take One Fake Fiancé’
If the car was any indication, detectives must make a lot of money. Mita couldn’t help but admire the comfortable and tasteful interior, but then Tanay changed a gear, his hand brushing her thigh, and she got distracted by the man – by his sheer physical presence.
He looked quite the demigod – the casual outfit showed off tanned skin, and the tight t-shirt highlighted well-toned muscles. Damp, ebony black hair curled about his ears – locks of it falling over a prominent brow made him look boyish and affable; however, an aquiline nose, the thick arching brows, and a firm, square, bearded jaw all totaled up to dangerous.
Tanay Devkumar, who can be seen in all his splendid glory on the cover of Take One Fake Fiance (TOFF), was a difficult man to create. He was to be ruthless and arrogant, suspicious and cynical, but then had to transform into a dream-boat – a sentimental lover craving a happy-ever-after with Mita, the woman he (once-upon-a-time) used to abhor.
Tall order – but here’s what I did:
I started by giving him a double barreled surname, hoping it would convince Mita, my feisty heroine – and also my readers – that he was not an ordinary man, and certainly not one to be toyed with. Then, recognizing how important the physical appearance is, I made sure he was
A stolen kiss – from ‘Take One Fake Fiancé’ – featured on Preethi Venugopala’s Blog
And snake that he was, Mita’s fake fiancé bent over to smoothly capture shocked lips in a goodbye kiss that fried her brain. Mita, hypnotized by the musky scent
An unusual cover reveal – a #CharacterInterview
As an author you create characters and give them unique traits — both good and bad — and then throw them into all kinds of situations — including some really tough ones. Yeah, basically you’re playing God! I asked my author friend Reet Singh, if she ever wondered what her characters thought about her and …ummm… shall we say, her ‘meddlesome ways’?
Reet chose to answer my question in a very unique way. She decided that the next time the lead characters from her new upcoming book — Take One Fake Fiance — met she would spy on them! But before we get into what emerged from her ‘spying’ activities, here’s a little info about TOFF…along with the first look at the cover!
The heart wants what it wants. When hit by love, there is no reasoning. There is just intense, addictive, exhausting feeling of losing oneself. When found, love can make a person. When lost, love can destroy a person completely. We all have a couple of friends who have held our hands through heart break and celebrated our happiness with us. This book celebrates those friendships and love. Read if you have fallen in love. Must read if you have lost in love.
I enjoyed ‘The Bodyguard’ thoroughly – didn’t want to put it down, but had to because sleep beckoned; but I picked it up again first thing the next morning and finished it.
The Major is tough as bullets – loved her. She (Esha) is a mix of sensuality and solid professionalism, trying to keep the wicked Vikramaditya at bay even as he makes her melt. Vikramaditya is a perfect match for the feisty Esha, who is his bodyguard (I loved this little gender quirk in the conventional way of setting up a bodyguard romance).
Originally published as “Scorched by His Fire” by Harlequin India, 2014
Take One Fake Fiancé is a refurbished, revamped, remodelled, updated version of Scorched and will soon be available on Kindle so please watch this space!
Liebster Award Nomination
Thank you Devika Fernando for nominating my website for this interesting award. Its lovely to see bloggers promote bloggers!
If you want to know what ‘Liebster’ stands for, well, it is a German word, and you can read more about it in Lorraine Reguly’s post. She has also posted a lot of very fascinating history about the award – well worth a read!
Broadly, the rules are:
1. Link back and thank the blogger who nominated you in your post.
2. List 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
4. Pick 5 – 10 new bloggers (each must have less than 300 followers) to nominate and ask them 11 new questions. Do not re-nominate the blogger that nominated you.
5. Go to each new blogger’s site and inform them of their nomination.
We have the choice to accept this nomination, and continue it by paying it forward. Of course, we can also politely decline it.
Bombay Heights by Adite Banerjie
A FEEL-GOOD ROMANTIC COMEDY
Small town girl Sanjana Kale wants a fresh start in Mumbai. A challenging job and some much needed distance from her ludicrously over-protective family could get her life under control.
Forced to team up with video game designer Ashwin Deo, who is too attractive for his own good, she finds life becoming a whole lot more complicated when he turns out to be her new neighbour. How can she maintain a professional distance with this charming troublemaker who believes in getting up close and personal?
To make matters worse, her ex tries to manipulate her loved ones to work his way back into her life. Hysterical siblings, a cantankerous client, an ex who will not take no for an answer, and a blow hot blow cold neighbour… Sanjana is sleepless in the City of Dreams! Can she do what Ashwin dares her to–create a few ripples even if it upsets her family?