Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Fire trilogy - Devika Fernando

Three brilliant fiery books by ace writer, Devika Fernando, highlighting tempestuous relationships and the unlikely combination of Fire and Ice! 

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BOOK ONE : PLAYING WITH FIRE 

If you’re playing with fire, prepare to get burned – or to fall in love.

Sparks fly when Felicia and Joshua meet. Discovering her inner fire and unleashing unimaginable powers makes her realize that all her life, she has been hiding her true self. When buildings burn and people are in danger, the tempting game of playing with fire becomes serious. Will their love and desperate struggle for control save her life, or will the fire magic turn itself against its mistress?






BOOK TWO : DANCING WITH FIRE

When a fire witch and an ice wizard flee to Iceland to build a new life, they never expect the one thing that could tear them apart – Kyle, adding his own magic into the mix. Felicia starts questioning everything they have. She is torn between the man who loves her but is her polar opposite, and the man who attracts her but means nothing but trouble. 
As if her confusing emotions weren’t enough, Felicia finds her life turned upside down when a terrifying natural disaster threatens the end of the country and the entire world. 
Will she be able to control her gift and play the part that is expected of her? Will she give in to temptation or will she save the world? 

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BOOK THREE : LIVING WITH FIRE

When a fire witch and an ice wizard flee to Iceland to build a new life, they never expect the one thing that could tear them apart – Kyle, adding his own magic into the mix. Felicia starts questioning everything they have. She is torn between the man who loves her but is her polar opposite, and the man who attracts her but means nothing but trouble. 
As if her confusing emotions weren’t enough, Felicia finds her life turned upside down when a terrifying natural disaster threatens the end of the country and the entire world. 
Will she be able to control her gift and play the part that is expected of her? Will she give in to temptation or will she save the world? 

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AN EXCERPT - FROM LIVING WITH FIRE

Joshua was gaping at her, his mouth opening and closing silently like a fish out of water. There was a sudden increase in icy coldness, and he froze into a statue, his face now expressionless and his eyes drawn and unfathomable as always when he was deeply distressed or too emotional for his own good. “Can you hear yourself? You sound like some fatalistic, maniacal sect member or the leader of a dangerously foolish occult movement,” he said with that unnerving, neutral calm of his. To cover up the disappointment and hurt and anger at his reaction, Felicia threw her head back and laughed coldly, mirthlessly. She tossed her hair over one shoulder, stood up straight and stared into his eyes. “Thanks for the suggestion. I think I’d rather like that. An occult movement revolving around the power of fire. I’ll be the terrifying fire goddess ruling mercilessly, with everyone falling at their feet and offering me their heart on a platter. I’ll make the world burn until it puts the sun to shame. Want to stick around and watch, snowman?” As soon as the words had left her mouth, she wanted to take them back. What had she just said? This wasn’t her, this wasn’t normal, this wasn’t right! This was her Joshua she was wounding and repelling…and yet, she would not take the words back. Didn’t she have every right to behave like this? The choice is yours. Rise and shine. Go out and rule! The voice inside her mind was so powerful she half thought she had spoken the words out loud. Beside her, Kyle was cackling and clapping his hands, and her fire dragon was turning cartwheels a little ahead. There was so much heat around her, inside her. It needed out.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds - something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet and sensual, deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust.

What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, Devika is a faithful servant to all the cats and dogs she has adopted. When she's not writing, she's reading or thinking about writing. 


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Guest Post - Sundari Venkatraman - The Madras Affair



Today I have the romance writer and talented author, Sundari Venkatraman, on my blog, sharing some insights on her popular book 'The Madras Affair', brought out by Readomania. 

Sundari, would you call this book of yours a full-fledged romance or a social drama, and when you began to write it, did the city of Madras suggest itself to you? What were the reasons behind choosing this city?

Hi Deepti Menon,

Thank you for hosting me on your blog.

The Madras Affair is a romance with a lot of drama thrown in. But then, drama is very much a part of a typical Indian household, whether it be the north or the south. Even your so-called snooty high society plays its drama in secret. So, I suppose you can say my book is a romance drama.

As they say, in our country, it’s not just two people who get together in marriage. The bride and groom are wedded to their partner’s families as well.

There is this instance when Gautam (half-Indian; half-American) wants to take Sangita out for a coffee. She keeps refusing him as her family is conservative. It’s unheard of for a young woman to go out by herself with a guy, a stranger at that. Worse yet, she’s a young widow. She’s worried that her parents might die of shock just hearing the idea. But Gautam being Gautam – even the Indian side of his family is pretty modern – is unable to understand why she’s refusing.

A quote from The Madras Affair:

He sighed gently. “Will you go out with me for a while after you’re through here?” he repeated.
   She looked at him in bewilderment. Her heart screamed at her to say ‘yes’. But a natural caution, a wariness of men and her parents’ strict upbringing stopped her.
   She shook her head. “No, Gautam.”
   A frown gathered on his perfect features, “Why not?”
   Now why had she ever believed that he’d let go of the matter at a simple ‘no’ from her? “Well,” Sangita thought on her feet, “Sandeep will be waiting for me.”     
   Gautam nodded amiably. “Oh yeah, how old did you say he was?”
   Relieved, Sangita said, “Almost five years.”       
   “Who looks after him when you’re at work? Do you send him to a day-care?” Gautam was keen to know about her son.
   “My mother and sister-in-law manage between them. He attends kindergarten for a couple of hours every day.” Sangita was a proud mother.
   “I’d like to meet Sandeep. Why don’t we go pick him up and make an outing of it, all three of us together? We can all get to know each other.” Gautam had the air of a man who was used to authority, having his wishes followed by those around him to the T.
   Her expression was almost comical in its horror. She shuddered as she imagined her mother’s reaction to his suggestion.


The Madras Affair is the third book I wrote and that was in 2001. My first two books were set in Mumbai and I was keen to write a book for Madras. When the theme of a young widow presented itself to me I immediately decided that it had to be in Madras. After that everything else just fell into place. 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Roomies/Foodies by Lakshmi Ashwin and Meghana Chaudhary Joshi

A book that irons out many a cooking wrinkle for both Roomies and Foodies! 


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Roomies / Foodies 
by 
Lakshmi Ashwin and Meghana Chaudhary Joshi
Publisher 


Blurb 
The year is 2001. Two young Indian girls arrive in the U.S. for the first time, to attend graduate school and be room-mates. One’s a non-cook. The other’s kitchen skills are strictly basic. As luck would have it, both are consummate foodies. And it’s not just advanced Molecular Biology they’ll come to tackle—the daily challenge is to feed their stomachs…and souls…on a thinner-than-spaghetti budget! Part memoir, part cook-book, Roomies/Foodies compiles the experiments and culinary adventures of Lux and Meg as they stick to their resolve of eating only non-boring food! Written in a slick, hip, conversational style, this well-organized handbook bubbles with anecdotes, tips, tricks, cheater’s methods and over 60 lip-smacking recipes. Spanning an easy-to moderate spectrum of skills, Meg and Lux’s “Eureka moments” in their own kitchen will help spare YOU some painful trial and error in yours!


EXCERPT FROM THE FIRST CHAPTER 

One day, exhausted, I fell asleep on the couch in the graduate student lounge at Roswell Park, waiting for Lux. Since we were on the same research campus, we commuted and ran errands together. In those early days, we were joined at the hip.
 It was a lot to deal with, this new life, with its sudden and crushing study load, having to walk or take public transport everywhere (I missed my Kinetic Safari) and we were glad of each other’s company. We started taking advantage of the subway and other modes of public transport to explore our town, checking out affordable food joints. One such journey introduced us to crépes. I tried making them at home and discovered a really simple breakfast item in the process.


Serves 4

Ingredients:

Rice flour or refined flour (maida)                   1½ cups
Milk                                                                        1 cup
Egg                                                                          1
Slab of chocolate                                                     1
Butter
Sugar                                                                      3 tsp

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes for each crepe
               
Mix the flour with milk and sugar and beat in the egg.
Melt butter on a tava* or a flat non-stick pan on medium heat.
Pour the flour mixture evenly in a thin layer across the bottom of the pan, coating it completely.
Grate the bar of chocolate over the open side of the crepe, in a sufficient quantity to cover the top, while the other side is still cooking.
Gently lift up a side of the crepe to see if it is done. It should appear slightly browned and lift easily without tearing.
Fold the crepe in half over itself. The chocolate should melt and hold the 2 edges together. Remove and serve with a melting dot of butter on top.

Tip: For an interesting Cheese-n-Chocolate variation, sprinkle some grated cheese or small globs of cheese after you have sprinkled the grated chocolate. If you have no time for the grated chocolate step, make just the plain crepe and spread Nutella or jam, or cheese spread for an even quicker meal 

MEET MEGHANA CHAUDHARY JOSHI, LAKSHMI ASHWIN


Meghana Chaudhary Joshi (Meg) has worked in clinical research in the US, run her own socio-environmental venture and is currently Practice Manager with Mirai Health. She is a fitness freak who loves to travel and explore varied cuisines as much as the outdoors. Meg lives in Pune with her husband, daughter, and Golden Retriever. 

Lakshmi Ramachandran, a.k.a Lux, graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2006. She is presently a science writer at the National University of Singapore. Besides Science, she is passionate about food and loves to cook. She lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. 

MEET MEG AND LUX :)


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Email: roomiesfoodies@gmail.com

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