Introducing Mita – the spirited female lead in Reet Singh’s “Take One Fake Fiancé”
‘I won’t do it, Mama.’ Mita glared at her mother through eyes as black as thunder clouds. ‘You’ll have to be the one to tell Uncle Raja. I refuse to speak to your interfering brother.’
She fled the room before her mother could get a word in, and left behind a faint bouquet of jasmine, a strong whiff of displeasure, and a distraught mother. The front door banged loudly, its old timber creaking in protest at such ill-treatment and Radhika sank into the nearest chair.
Would her only child shun marriage forever? It wasn’t fair to blame Mita’s father, Deepak, but if he…
This is a throwback to 2015-16, when Read-A-Romance-Month was celebrating “diversity & romance with 31 writers who represented a bright rainbow of color, culture, nationality, religion, ethnicity and orientation.”
Here’s a poem I wrote to start off the interview…
It may sound strange to some, but I include pets in my stories even though I am not myself a pet person. That’s because I adore people who keep pets and are good parents to them. My son has a cat named Billy, who is a rescue–and a very central member of his family. Billy, thrilled to be featured in A Christmas Conspiracy, is a vociferous supporter of my writing and pops up to endorse my books on Instagram and Twitter from time to time.
Meet the cutest, most self-assured #cats that are central characters in my stories The lovely Marcia James hosts two of my books-with-pets on her GoPets! Blog, and a third also features on it. Come meet Billy (see pic) and Tiger and learn more about their humans…
One day, about three years ago, I was packing up my summer wardrobe to make place for clothes I needed that autumn, and those that I’d need soon after, in early winter. My gaze fell on my winter stuff (I’d be taking those out of storage later, when the temperatures in North India dropped to icy cold), and I also noticed a pile of garments I’d need (very briefly) in spring.
So many clothes, I’d thought to myself then, and so little time…
Coffee Time Romance & More! showcases my book on Show it Off Saturday and shares a glimpse of what I’m all about. Come have a look…
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!