How NOT to write a book review – featured on Susan Palmquist’s Blog

Susan Palmquist: One think I encourage my students to do is become a book reviewer. It not only helps you figure out what makes a story work (or not work), but it also lets you see who’s publishing what and where your story might fit into the current market.

Today’s guest blogger has some great tips on how not to review a book…

Reet Singh: This post assumes that you are one of the precious few who write – or plan to write – reviews of the books you’ve read. I love you already!

A book is not just about the plot and the syntax and the characters, it is also the toil and sweat and blood of the author, so it’s always a great idea to let the author know what you like about their story. And also what you don’t like, but be aware that nobody writes a horrible story on purpose, so be gentle.

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Me, my handbag & my book on Vicki Batman’s blog

This fabulous, roomy handbag was gifted to me by a dear aunt, Veena Mehta.

The PG tag stands for Purificación García – I had never heard of the label before, but now I’m all for it. The bag has withstood every insult including me filling it with sharps like keys and pens and pencils – these things have killed every other bag of mine, but not my PG!

When I first set eyes on it, I baulked a bit at the color –

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Writing Software – Authors Dish on Coffee Time Romance & More!

CTR asked:
Which writing software do you use (something other than MS Word, like Jutoh and Scrivener)? What’s your favorite feature(s), and why?

Reet Singh said:
I use Scrivener, invariably, because it is such a time-saver. Its magic lies in its ability to organize my material – I can get the draft of my work-in-progress, the research material, the character sketches, the setting – just everything – into the software, and it’s visible to me in a pane on the left.

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Blast from the Past: AUTHOR’S CIRCLE interviews me

June 18, 2014

On Author’s Circle today, meet author and surgeon, Reet Singh, to talk about writing, life and her book, Scorched by His Fire.

Hi Reet, thanks for dropping in and wow! You’re the second romance author slash doctor that I personally know. I’m quite curious about what kind of surgeon but won’t ask since you clearly have your author’s cap on today 🙂

So, lets talk Scorched by His Fire. What’s it about?

RS: Scorched is about Mita, who lives in Mauritius and is not ready for marriage, but has an Uncle who has made it his life’s work to find her a suitable boy. She meets Tanay, who hates her for reasons quite bizarre from Mita’s point of view; she, in her turn, finds him obnoxious, rude and over-bearing. They have their individual, twisted reasons for hatching a common plan – presenting a united front to their respective families. By pretending to be engaged, they seemingly have the perfect arrangement – until Tanay kisses Mita! The attraction between them is scorching; unfortunately, it wasn’t part of the common plan, so, naturally, they fight it, and that’s when the fun really starts.

What’s your favorite line from your novel? Why?

RS: There are about 6000 favorite lines and it’s very hard for me to choose! So I’m going to close my eyes and flip pages, and take the first line on that page. Here it is:

‘Must you wear clothes?’ Mita asked wistfully. ‘You look perfectly delicious without.’

 

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Blast from the Past: Interviewed by Pebble In the Still Waters

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Author Interview: Reet Singh: Scorched by His Fire

Trained to be a doctor; however, she always found time to read fiction. She wanted to write, and she started with scientific articles, which involved the putting down in words, of cold, hard facts. Happily for her, the call of her creative muse got so loud, she couldn’t ignore it anymore. Luckily, Harlequin® India gave her the first break, by virtue of their Passions contest. Winning it was a stroke of luck, allowing her a two book deal. The first of these, ‘Scorched by His Fire‘, came into the Indian marketplace in February this year; the second is a work-in-progress, as yet unnamed.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

Reading, play acting and story-telling sessions with my sisters – most days of the year, but especially when we were vacationing in our maternal grandparents’ home in a small village in Punjab. We ate maltas (citrus) off the trees, ate hot sugarcane jaggery off the cauldron, and drank milk straight off the buffalo’s….no, everything except that.

About your education

We schooled all over the country and abroad, being army kids; but then…..

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How becoming a Harlequin India® author changed my life

Blast from the past: 22, January, 2014
Reet Singh

 

I am a doctor. A surgeon. Surgeons are trained to observe, to delve, to record.

When I won the Passions contest in 2013, I was catapulted into, for me, an uncharted part of the cosmos: the world of Harlequin® authors. Authors, too, are known to observe and delve and record, but there is a tangible difference between the two vocations. Doctors focus on people with problems, even on people who don’t want to develop problems; however, authors, because their creativity depends on it, focus on everybody and everything, most, if not all, the time….

 

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No Escape From Love is featured on Constance Bretes’ Blog

April 12, 2018

Constance Bretes:
Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I have Reet Singh visiting to tell us about her book, No Escape From Love. First, she tells us about this cute little puppy named Coco. 
Reet Singh:
My sister, Trveen, has two doggie-babies. One of them, a Cocker Spaniel called Coco, is an apple fiend. You cannot cut an apple anywhere in the house without him turning up and beseeching with his melty, chocolate-brown eyes.
Worse, if you even pick an apple up – – – –

I’m featured on the MFRWORG Author Blog

Jan 25, 2015

#MFRWorg Interviews #MFRWauthor Reet Singh @AuthorReet

MFRWorg asked. Reet Singh answered.

MFRW author, Reet Singh, is a surgeon with a passion for creative writing. ‘Scorched by His Fire’ is her first published piece of romantic fiction, and is courtesy of Mills and Boon® India’s Passions Contest which she won in 2013. ‘The Cure was Love’, also from Mills and Boon® India, is releasing on 1st November. Her other offering is a alien adventure book for middle graders – ‘The Zaken Takeover’ – which she co-authored along with her son (who was eleven years old at the time of writing it). It is available on Amazon, for Kindle. Her blogs, reviews and other literary activities can be found on her blog.

1. If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
In my own beach house, on my own beach, with my sweetheart and a coffee filter. Oh! And chocolates.

I’m ‘Stirring your Senses’ on the Harlequin Blog

Have you ever walked into somebody’s home and been pleasurably assaulted by the smell of brownies cooling on a rack?

Or heard the welcome patter of rain as it falls on a parched driveway?

How about a bunch of golden kumquats bravely clinging to the branches of a barren tree – that you had given up on – ever seen a more gratifying sight?

And when a child throws grubby arms about you, her face pressed into your neck, could anything be more precious than the feel of her skin, warm against yours?

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