Thursday, February 14, 2019


~ Cover Reveal ~
The Heart of You 
(A Geeks of Caltech Novel)
by Aarti V Raman

Mixed martial arts studio owner Kit Barranos has always been a fighter. He will fight for his family. For his friends. For anyone in need.

What he doesn't know how to do is fight for himself...

... Or the inconvenient and consuming desire he has for single mom Lily Fallahil.

Office manager, Lily has spent the last decade raising her son and proving her independence to her protective and overbearing brother, Drake.

She has no time for romance. Especially with Kit Barranos, who has a body to die for and eyes that rip at her soul.

When Kit reveals his heartbreaking secret to Lily - he has a brother he never knew about, one he considered his closest friend - it brings them closer, creates a bond neither can deny.

And paves the way for a steamy attraction that explodes between them.

But it isn't just Lily that Kit is slowly but surely falling for. It's her adorable son, Bret.

Navigating the holidays, their families and their feelings is no easy task.

Flawed and fiercely loyal, Kit and Lily have fought the odds and survived.

But, survival no longer seems enough.

Can they take a chance on each other, on their hearts... On a love that braves The Heart of You?

The Heart of You is Book Three of The Geeks of Caltech, a unique band of friends bonded by loyalty, brotherhood, and pain. The Geeks of Caltech are to die for and their women all they wish to live for!


About the Author:
Aarti V Raman lives in Mumbai, India and has been a commercial editor and business journalist for the better part of a decade.
She is an incurable romantic who has taken up the task of bringing Happily Ever After to life for the characters in her head. She has three traditionally published novels out, all contemporary romances from 2014-2016, with the next one slated for release in 2019.
She currently writes and self-publishes steamy contemporary romance for urban millennials with a global twist. Sometimes, there are guns and car chases too.
Her new contemporary romance series include GEEKS OF CALTECH and ROYALS OF STELLANGARD as well as standalone romances - all of which have become Amazon India and US bestsellers.
She has also appeared as speaker at lit festivals and events around India and also dabbles in poetry, while conducting creative writing workshops.

Contact the Author:
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

TEASER - The Object of Your Affections

You guys, it's only one more week to D-Day! To get y'all in the mood, here's a little teaser for you.

We’d made it to the reception in time for the diya dance, which went amazingly well despite the confusion my absence created in the choreography. Now, almost every guest and their mothers were wiggling their tuches off on the dance floor as the DJ brought the tent down with eardrum-busting music.
I shifted, easing my outstretched leg off the footstool Neal had found for me, and gingerly placed my burnt foot on the floor. I hated the feeling of pins and needles in my appendages—especially when it happened during a particularly long and drawn out deposition or trial—thus I kept shifting positions.
“Okay?” Naira shouted into my right ear.
I nodded, smiling. I’d tried—we’d all tried to get Naira to dance but she was determined to demur. Jet lag had fatigued her, apparently. I didn’t believe her.
“Go. Dance!” I poked her again.
“I’d rather keep you company,” she said, her lips curving in a dreamy smile.
She wasn’t jet-lagged. She was tipsy, I decided in amusement.
We’d been guzzling the infamous Girlfriend Cocktails since dinner. The GFC had been invented by our very own Naira in sophomore year, if you could believe it. The jalapeƱo-spiked cocktail recipe had been liberally shared with all the bartenders working within a six-block radius of NYU. The bartender at Lavinia’s wedding was the latest recipe recipient.
“Are you heading straight back to Mumbai after the wedding?” I simply had to know if she’d come just for the wedding.
The dreaminess in her eyes dimmed. She shook her head. “I have things to take care of in New York. I’m going to be around for a month. Probably longer if all goes well.” She brightened again. “Fun, right? We can catch up.”
“Of course, we’ll catch up. What things?” Probably something to do with the criminal.
She flapped her hand at the speakers blaring out remixed Bollywood songs. “It’s too long a conversation to get into tonight. Or shout out.”
I nodded. True. A wedding wasn’t the place to hold an interrogation. If Naira was going to be in town for a while, we’d have plenty of opportunities for confessions and cross-examinations. Still, questions and thoughts kept hammering inside my skull. And I was dying to tell her about Neal and the surrogacy. She was going to be gobsmacked. Happy gobsmacked. Naira was as baby mad as my husband.
Speaking of my husband, Neal was headed for our table, a whiskey in his hand. He’d been schmoozing with some menfolk at the bar ever since the dancing had started. But every once in a while, he’d come by to check on my foot. He stopped behind my chair, bent to give me a sweet, whiskey-laced, inverted kiss.
“Need anything?” He straightened with a final press of his lips on my forehead. His question included Naira, but she’d turned her gaze away from us. To give us privacy.
My amusement spiked. She was still a prude.
“You guys don’t need to babysit me. Go and dance. Have fun,” I said, making eyes at my husband, hoping he’d take the hint and ask Naira to dance. This business of Naira not wanting to dance like some tragic widow was rubbish, and I was having none of it.
“But I’m having so much fun babysitting you,” Naira teased.
Neal tossed his whiskey back, set the tumbler down and gallantly held his hand out to Naira. Attaboy! “Come on, lass. I may not be anywhere near your world champion status, but I promise you, I’m not a bad dancer.”
“Oh no. That’s not even… You don’t have to… I don’t want to dance. Really.” She looked at me pleadingly to rescue her.
I made a shooing motion with my hand. “Just go. It’s high time you both get to know each other. And what better way to do it than dancing together? That’s how we became friends with Lavinia and the gang, remember? Go. Let loose. It’s silly for all of us to sit around and growl at the world.”
Then, my husband turned on his full Scottish charm and within two minutes flat, he was leading my best friend onto the dance floor.

© Falguni Kothari, The Object of Your Affections

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Sunday, January 6, 2019


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Sunday, December 2, 2018


On Author's Circle today, let's welcome my good friend, fellow author and freelance editor, Sudesna Ghosh or Sue who's here to talk about her new book My Small, Thin Indian Wedding

Hi SUE, thanks for dropping in and letting us have a peek into your life.

Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is a smaller, thinner and modern Indian version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It’s about an Indian woman who wants a simple wedding but her family and best friend have other plans for her

Check out the book here -> My Small, Thin Indian Wedding

What's your favorite line from the book and why is it your favorite?

My favorite line from my book: This man could give Shah Rukh Khan’s dialogue writers a run for their money. I love it because I love Shah Rukh Khan. He’s the only Bollywood man who makes me believe in love and romance.

Do you have any strange writing habits?

Yes, I have a terrible time getting started with each new WIP but once I begin, I don’t sleep or eat or remember anything else (other than my cats, of course). So I get into this obsessive, restless state until I type The End.

What does your day look like?

I work from home as a freelance writer and more recently, as a social media manager for other indie authors like myself. So I work on social media marketing throughout the day with afternoons reserved for the gym and other errands. Evenings are for writing blog posts, planning out chapters, and adding word count to my manuscript. I used to be a night owl but I don’t find energy for that as I get older (and wiser).

What’s your favorite book by another author, and why?

That’s such a difficult question to answer! Well, in the last one year, I have been reading lots of Sarah Morgan, Sue Moorcroft and Debbie Macomber. There stories are always so heartwarming – especially the Christmas ones.

If your book becomes a movie whom would you want to play the hero and the heroine?

Mindy Kaling and Hrithik Roshan

How did you become a writer? In other words, tell us YOUR STORY.

I’ve been a bookworm since my childhood, thanks to my mother being a major bookworm since her childhood too. Spending so much time in libraries and bookstores and with my nose in books, got me dreaming about seeing a book with my own name on the cover. My first attempts at being a writer were in elementary school in the US when I wrote and read out my own short stories in class. I continued writing short stories for my own satisfaction until I was asked to write for the Indian Chicken Soup series in my 20s. That’s when I realised that writing books and stories was my calling. So I left my full time job at the region’s biggest newspaper here in Kolkata and started writing short stories for children’s magazines, feature articles for newspapers and magazines, non fiction books for a publisher, and then my own kindle books as an authorpreneur. It’s been a learning experience going from aspiring writer to serious writer who treats writing as a small business now.

What is your best marketing tip?

Read up as much as you can about book marketing and always start marketing each book a few months before its release. Traditional publishing and self publishing both require marketing effort from your side, so work on building your author brand.

Why write what you write? As in romance or suspense or thrillers?

My books span multiple genres. I started with nonfiction because the publisher commissioned me to write two non fiction books based on my writing expertise and samples. Then I wrote some kid lit books because I refuse to grow up and love children’s books even now. Romance novellas came as an experiment for me because I saw all my author friends writing romances and wanted to try my hand at it. And finally, humor, that’s something that you’ll find a bit of in all my books because that’s just me – it always comes out into my writing. Along with my love for cats.

Is there a certain scene you find difficult to write? Eg: Racy or action etc.? Why?

Action and racy both. My romances are usually funny and /or sweet. I am not confident about being able to write a scene that will be sexy and real. Yet. And violence and action are two things that I avoid when I watch movies and read books, so I think I’m too sensitive to attempt those.

Is your writing character-driven or plot-driven?

Character-driven. I let my protagonist tell me what she wants and my protagonist’s are often similar to me in their thought process and behavior, so it works out well.

Naturally, in part you are all your characters (they come from your head) but which of your characters is the most like you? Or resonates in you the most? Why?

Sue in Crazy Cat Lady Finds Love. If you read the book and know me well, you’d see that she IS me. Her love for stray animals including cats. Her instant attraction and love for a man who feels the same way about animals. Even her name is the same. Haha. That novella is basically the love story that I desire.

What do you wish to convey through your writing?

Empathy for stray animals and rescue cats. Understanding that women in India don’t have to be married by a certain age. Or that women don’t have to get married at all if that’s what makes them happy.

What can we expect from you next?

I’m taking a mental health break at the moment but am brainstorming for a sweet romance with a dash of humor. And of course, like most of my books, there will be a cat. Or two. Or more.

To end lets try a Rapid Fire round. Your answer should be the first word/s that pops into your head when you think of:

LIFE: Love
PASSION: Writing
HERO: Shah Rukh Khan
LOVE: Everlasting
HATE: Harmful

Thank you once again, SUE, for being here and talking to me. It was fun!

About the book: Blurb: 
Reema is in love. And she's ready to get married. BUT she doesn't want the usual big, fat Indian wedding. Will she get the quiet, simple wedding day that she wants? 
Find out in this dramedy about a modern Indian woman and her family.

Where to connect with Sudesna Ghosh:

Twitter: @sudesna_ghosh
Instagram: @sudesna_meow