A Sneak Peek into Fashionably Yours by @Author_Swati !!!

Hello Readers !!!

Already feeling the winter chill with the onset of December? Time to pull out those fashionable winter wear lying in your closet and feel oh! so uber- chic!

Let’s give you a feel of it with the help of our sizzling December release by Swati Sharma titled “Fashionably Yours”.

What is the Book About?

FASHIONABLY YOURS COVER“Maya Kapoor swaps the snowy mountains for the glittering ocean.”

Maya Kapoor arrived in Mumbai with a glamorous dream, quite literally. Maya wants to be a serious fashion writer for the high-end fashion magazine, Glamorous, but luck is not in her favor. Instead, she lands a job with a local fashion magazine, Style. Maya hates everything about it but for now this is all she has. Despite all the odds, Maya is excited about living an independent, fashionable life in the city of dreams.

At twenty-five, love has eluded Maya. But when she bumps into the dashing photographer, Aryan Malik, she falls head over heels for his gorgeous smile and charming manner.

But Maya seems to be stuck in a rut – her credit card bills are sky-high, her melodramatic mother can’t stop ranting, the boss is unbearably cruel, her younger sister has decided to tie the knot, and she’s not sure if Aryan could love a simple, confused girl like her.

Will Maya get the fairytale life she dreamed about or will she let everything slip through her fingers? Read her diary and find out.

About the Author…

Swati Sharma is a born and bred Delhi product. Before dabbling into writing, she completed her post graduation in business.Before Fashionably Yours happened, Swati authored four coffee table books and has written for a lifestyle magazine.

One thing which very few people know that Swati is clairvoyant, and no it’s not a joke. She lives in Delhi with her extensive collection of nail polishes, lipsticks and with very

neat piles of books and magazines.

A Sneak Peak into “Fashionably Yours”….

As I pulled it open, I felt my heart flutter at the sight of a crisp, white envelope which was going to take me a step closer to my dream. Gingerly I reached inside the envelope

and pulled out a letter. I read the job offer for the zillionth time since it had arrived last evening.

Dear Maya Kapoor,

Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you the position of ‘Feature Writer’with the online division of Style magazine. Please find the attached draft copy of your offer letter from Style, Mumbai.

Do go through the letter and let us know if you have any

queries with regards to the offer.

I had waited for this letter for far too long. Though Style was not my first preference, I realized that Glamorous wastoo posh to recruit someone straight out of Shimla College

of Mass Communication and Advertising. But at least Style was situated in the same city as my bible. For the last sevenyears I had dreamt only one dream, and that was to write for Glamorous. And for this I had fought a tough battle againstmy mom who was adamant to see me graduate to become aCA or a primary school teacher at the very least. Yuk! Accordingto her, no decent man would marry a girl like me who

had had a word ‘media’ written in her bio.

“Girls in media are considered to have loose character.You have landed yourself in a dark pit,” she grumbled in my ear as we posed for a family photo on my convocation.

Gazing at the letter in my hands I wonder if she would throw me out of the house, dragging me by my hair or have a minor panic attack when I broke the news to her.

Fifteen minutes later I was out of the comfort of my bed and ready to spill the beans to my parents. I just wanted to be over with all the drama as soon as possible so that I could finally celebrate my job with a tall cup of hot chocolate before starting to pack my stuff. Trotting along the creaking wooden floor I walked up to my closet and pulled out a jumper to slide over my old GAP T-shirt. It was freezing. It had been a

week and it hadn’t stopped snowing.

Stay glued for more excerpts from “Fashionably Yours”

Happy Reading…

Rendezvous with Model Hunt Contest Winner

We got chatty with Rohit Raghav, the winner of first Mills & Boon Model Hunt Contest. He had some interesting stories and tips to share.

Q.1 How did you get to know about Model Hunt contest?

Ans. I got to know about it through a friend.


Q.2 What made you interested in being a part of it?

Ans. As a teenager in school, all my female friends used to read mills & boon and I was always curious to know why they liked reading M & B so much. So, I borrowed one from a friend and read it in one go. I loved the cover as well and just a random thought crossed my mind that what if I could be on its cover someday? Years later when I heard from a friend about the Mills & Boon Model Hunt contest, i didn’t want to let go of the opportunity to see myself on its cover.

Q.3 How was your experience of being associated with it? How did you feel when you saw yourself on the cover of Mills & Boon?

Ans. It was a wonderful experience to shoot the cover. There was a workshop arranged for the models which helped in breaking the ice.

The female model and I, both of us were exuberant as we were the first Indians to be featured on the M&B cover. We felt we surely would have something to tell our grand children. Once the cover was released my cell phone didn’t stop ringing and i was flooded with calls.

Aastha atray Final book Cover

I would also like to share one of the funny stories post the release of “The monsoon bride”

One of my female friends called me and said “Rohit i just can’t read the novel because you are on the cover”. As she had a habit of thinking of the man on the cover while reading the book, seeing my picture on the cover made her slightly awkward. I felt embarrassed yet couldn’t stop myself from laughing.

I didn’t know that being on the cover would make me a part of someone’s fantasy world. It was indeed a huge compliment for me.


Q.4 Give some beauty and fitness tips for aspiring models.

Ans. Eat well, drink well, sleep well and think well


Q.5 What do you think it takes to win the Mills & Boon Model Hunt contest?

Ans. I think you should answer that question for me because you chose me. Perhaps being a romantic in real life helped me win.


Q.6 Do you have some love advice for our readers?

Ans. I feel this word is used quite frivolously without understanding the real meaning of love.

If you love someone only for the fulfillment of your material and physical needs then its lust and not love.

To love someone is to surrender yourself to the person you love without any conditions. They can be anyone – your lover, your parents, your friend, husband, wife, children and even god.

Also last but not the least, I believe one should never lie in love.


Serving Hot – Sizzling September Stories

Aloha Readers !

We bring you a sneak peak into our sizzling hot releases of September- fill your shelves !

 Indian Writing – Mills & Boon Romance 

A Perfect Mismatch- Leena Varghese

 What’s The Story…

 Once, Armaan Malhotra was Zara’s secret teenage fantasy. Now, they find nothing right with each other! Zara is a spirited woman, fiercely guarding her hard-earned independence as a chartered accountant. An orphan, her mother’s indiscretion has haunted her life. Armaan is a celebrity artist, with a deep-rooted aversion to commitment. Born in an old business family, his father’s infidelity has rocked his beliefs. Zara finds Armaan callous and insensitive. Armaan finds Zara stubborn and rebellious. Both find it impossible to trust anyone. When under pressure from Armaan’s mother, they agree on a short term arranged match, things turn chaotic. Soon the undercurrent of tension and attraction turns into skirmishes, flaring up into a full-fledged battle on their honeymoon. Could they let go of their fears and let desire transform into deep abiding love forever?


 Meet the Author

Leena Varghese lives in Mumbai with her husband and two boisterous kids. Amidst the cacophony of a tumultuous household and managing her illustration work, she squeezes in the time to give vent to her creative passions such as writing and painting. She loves to experiment with various media including oils, watercolours and pastels. Leena firmly believes that everyone comes into the world equipped with an umbrella for the rainy days. Anyone can be creative enough to turn lemons into lemonade, topped with iced pragmatism. A life spent in learning and doing new things even when failure stares you in the face, is a life well lived indeed. So trying your hand at just about everything that comes your way is a good idea to keep yourself alive and kicking! Her mantra for happiness is to never be complacent and always keep evolving. This is Leena Varghese‘s debut book for Mills & Boon®!

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#Bubble Wrap unique story of two #FriendsForLife by @kalyanirao09

Hello Readers!

We hope you are enjoying the festivities  – a time of togetherness & fun -a time to rejoice with your family and friends and create memories !

No technology can ever replace the warm circle of family & friends who will see you through your happy and sad moments…they are the ones you can count on when everything turns out wrong and everybody else has turned their backs on you…

They truly are our Bubble Wrap…

We bring you today an excerpt from a suitably named title -Bubble Wrap -a poignant tale of the life of a child bride set in small town Rajasthan. The tale traces the journey of the twelve year old as she negotiates the world she lives in accompanied by Gudiya, the fifteen year old widow of her cousin. The story, while dealing with a difficult subject, is ultimately a celebration of love and friendship.


Synopsis of the book:

Twelve-year-old Krishna Singh who has been married off to Shyam Singh of Rokhagadh, Rajasthan.Before the wedding, Krishna’s grandmother gives her a box filled with exquisite jewellery, telling her to sell it in times of trouble, but otherwise to hide it from her parents and in-laws. Accompanied by Gudiya, the fifteen-year-old widow of her cousin, Krishna realises that her cold marital home is a far cry from the loving one she left behind. The world outside has modernized and is beamed via television into her home. But she is not allowed to go to school; instead a female tutor comes home to teach her. A dubious father-in-law, a husband away at boarding school, and a mousey mother-in-law clearly show Krishna what is a woman’s place in this family. An unfortunate incident leads Krishna and Gudiya headlong into a series of events that change their lives forever. As they deal with one situation after another, the girls discover each other and learn much about the world they live in. Bubble Wrap is a story about their fight for survival against impossible odds in a shallow male-dominated society.


The entertainment troupe had come. They were busy settling their musical instruments on the floor. I went to the dancing lady and asked her if she could teach me a few steps. Her kohled black eyes looked at me. “Of course, aren’t you the bride?” I nodded. She turned towards an old man with a big bright orange turban and asked him to play the harmonium. He started playing and singing folklore. The dancing lady started to circle around and her bright pink ghagra started twirling. I followed her and moved my fingers to add some extra charm. The sky looked like a giant spinning umbrella. I liked the sweet clinking sound made by the dancing lady’s glass bangles.

All my merriment came to an end when Gudiya came running towards us and pulled me aside. My head was spinning. Gudiya’s round face looked blurry. Gudiya is the wife of my dead cousin. She is sixteen years old. Her mother-in-law, my aunt, had not spoken to her since the day my cousin died in a freak accident (he was rolling marbles on the street and didn’t see the monster truck coming from the other side and he also rolled along with his marbles under the truck).

“Krishna!! What are you doing? Don’t you know that your mother is looking for you? She wants you to come upstairs right this moment.” Gudiya gave one of her characteristic side-faced dirty looks to the dancing lady (I guess she thought giving a stern sideways look would intimidate the other person but somehow she always failed in her effort as her big round cheeks made her look less intimidating).

Gudiya and I are friends but she is always scolding me and is very protective towards me. Most of the times we like to disagree with each other. I used to think she was jealous of me because I got to wear nice coloured clothes and play with whomsoever I wanted to and she had to wear this thick black ghagra and had to always cover her head with the end of her black stole. She could go out of the house once a day and had to keep away from all the religious functions. She was always grumpy but she played with me. She had made the best doll house for me. Maa had told me that she was sending Gudiya with me to Rokhagadh. She had said that Gudiya will ‘take care’ of me till the day I turned fifteen.

Gudiya dragged me towards the staircase. I slapped her chubby arm to free my hand. I ran to the entertainment troupe and quickly picked up DadhiSaa’s jewellery box and wrapped it in the Pashmina shawl. The dancing lady smiled at me and patted my back. I sneakily looked under the light-weighted Pashmina shawl and held the heavy jewellery box tightly. Gudiya shot one of her side-faced dirty looks towards me. I ran upstairs and shut the door on her face. Maa was inside the room.


For more  – grab your copy of Bubble Wrap : Flipkart.com ; Amazon.in ; hqnindia.com 

Author of Bubble Wrap – Kalyani Rao

 Meet Kalyani- Author of Bubble Wrap 

Kalyani Rao likes to describe herself as a travel junkie who writes. She believes that she has learned most of her lessons in life while traveling. Kalyani is based out of Pune where she also runs a theme-based Travel Company. A big fan of Haruki Murakami, she also blogs and some of her writing can be found at twinklingpebbles.wordpress.com. Bubble Wrap is the debut novel of this young entrepreneur.

Happy Reading !

Rayna’s Immutable Laws from #book #TroubleHasANewName by @Adite

Hello Readers !

Books, authors and you lovely readers out there form our closest circle of #FriendsForLife

And this week we have something new from our long time friend Adite !

Adite says she discovered Mills & Boon romances and the amazing assortment of drool-worthy TDH heroes in her teens. At around the same time she fell in love with song-and-dance
Bollywood romances. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who AB
worked in the world’s largest movie industry(yes, Bollywood!), and a voracious reader for a mum, it was inevitable that she would come to love both films and books.

Her Latest offering “Trouble has a New Name” is an amalgamation of both her love interests, an extremely “Bollywood” plot penned down with great zeal.

Sounds interesting right ? here is a sneak peek on the plot…

“Trouble Has a New Name” (naughty right from the title name !) is a fun-filled romantic comedy set in theAdite Andaman Islands about a young woman who has to come to terms with her recent breakup and fight off the attraction she feels for the very handsome hotelier she meets at her best friend’s big fat Indian wedding.

In addition to the supper attractive hero, we just fell in love with Rayna Dutta….our heroine

Rayna Dutt, is an upcoming model, dumped by her boyfriend. She is Impulsive, Feisty and attracts trouble at every moment. She is very much a girl next door but likes to live life her own way by .
She has her own set of self-designed laws which is fondly called “Rayna’s Book of Immutable Laws”



As per Rayna Book of Immutable Laws—(RBIL)

             Anything that could go wrong usually did!


What’s more interesting are the laws themselves and how they they keep proving true in her life…read on her immutable laws and some instances on how they play out in her life🙂

RBIL #1 : Footwear gaffe equals a disastrous day ahead.

“The Merc12721501_ledes soundlessly swept out of the drive way and raced down the road skirting the seafront on its way to the airport. Rayna looked out anxiously, praying they would not get stuck in a traffic jam. Thankfully,
being a Sunday morning, the streets were devoid of the usual week day bumper-to-bumper traffic. If all went well—fingers firmly crossed—they should cover the distance to the airport in twelve minutes, tops. She glanced at her wrist and realized she’d forgotten to strap on her watch.Shoot! Her eyes strayed to her feet and she froze in hor
ror.Holy crap! She was still wearing her flip-flops with the cute fluffy pink teddy bears on them”

RBIL #2: Trust a photographer to be around at the most inconvenient moment

“‘Sorry to keep you all waiting,’ she said, flashing her million-watt smile. ‘I’d love to blame the horrendous traffic but, the fact is, I got a little carried away last night and decided to start the wedding celebrations a few hours in advance and overslept. Subsey pyaari saheli ki shaadi hai…thoda toh partying banta hai, na?’Surely a girl couldn’t be blamed for partying through the 13524810_l
night on the occasion of her best

friend’s upcoming nuptials? Her saucy remark got some laughs, smiles and a lusty‘ banta hai, banta hai!’—absolutely!—from a passenger seated at the rear of the plane. Waving in acknowledgement to her unknown ally, she collapsed into the creamy soft seat just as a flashbulb went off in her face.”


RBIL #3:—Turbulence, emotional turmoil and tequila make for a lethal combination

“Her tum8830779_xxlmy lurched ominously—this time as a physical reaction to the plane hitting an air pocket. Her knuckles turned white as she gripped the armrests with all her strength. Even as the captain alerted the passengers of a turbulent patch, her stomach did yet another desperate dive and something hot and horrid gushed up to her throat.”


RBIL #4: Trouble always comes neatly wrapped in large-size packs

“Milee squeezed her arm. ‘Please don’t be mad at me,Rayna… It’s not as if you and Sid are in Splitsville, even if you have argued.’Rayna embraced her friend, trying to hide the dismay she felt. ‘Of course I’m not mad. Don’t worry—it will be fine.’”

RBIL #5: Alert! Attraction on the rebound is a really,really bad idea!

“Milee hugged her back in relief. ‘Oh, thank God!’He had totally bowled her over with his disarming12323147_xxl confession. Honestly, she didn’t know what to think.She had gone from exchanging insults to sharing a drink with Neel in the space of a few hours. And she
still couldn’t figure out whether she wanted to keep him at arm’s length or accept his offer of a truce. The conflicting signals being sent out by her mind and body were making her behave like a traffic light on the blink.She’d never reacted like this to any man before. The intensity of the physical attraction s
he’d felt for him was being compounded several times over by his utterly charming behavior.”

RBIL #6 : Try as you might to stay away from trouble, it always finds you!

“As Maya hurried off, Rayna wished she could evict Agra Aunty and the trouble making trio from the island.She stepped onto the cobbled pathwayAttractive couple walking in the countryside

leading to the villa when she saw two of them walking down arm in arm towards her—the Deceitful Dumper and his Diva!”



To read more ..grab your copy of Trouble Has A New Name… and the trouble is just worth it !!!

Buy on HQN  , Buy on Flipkart , Buy on Amazon

Have a great weekend ahead !

A Sneak Peek: What Would I Tell Her At 13 by @SueGhoshWriter

ImageAt the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents – Jane D. Hull

Parenting – as much as it is rewarding it is an overwhelming responsibility esp. when the kids enter their teens

What Would I Tell Her @ 13: Every parent’s answer to the challenging Teens

Here is a sneak peek on what the book is about and the issues it touches 

Introduction: While a mother can be a role model to her daughter with her behavior, grooming habits and attitude, a father will affect her perception of herself as a woman. What this really means is that praises at dance recitals and letting your little girl know that she is a pretty, loved daughter, needs to come from the father too. In fact, the male parent is your daughter’s role model for the opposite sex. Think about him as a template of sorts.

Hello Independence:  A parent has to wonder if he or she is giving her children too much independence too soon. It is natural to worry about trusting your daughter and giving her freedom at an age where she may be too young to make sound judgments and thus may inadvertently compromise on her own safety and well-being.

The Power of Confidence: For those who think that girls shouldn’t play sports, you’ll only hinder her self-confidence if you tell her that she will not be able to play one. Let her find out for herself what she is good at and bad at. Discovering Your Voice: The thirteen-year-old has a lot to observe and a lot to selectively take in or ignore. In other words, all of these elements in her daily life are bound to contribute to her voice. It doesn’t happen in a day or a week. It will take time, but when she discovers her voice, her desires will be a sum of her experiences and interactions.

Newer, Bigger Goals: It’s alright. She’s only thirteen, so experimentation and finding out what her choices are is normal. Just make sure that she knows what her choices are because too many parents set early vocational goals for their teens, giving them misery later when they find themselves stuck in a career that has nothing to do with their aptitude and interests.

The First Crush:  Parents, your daughter will have that exciting first crush, regardless of your attempts to stop her. You could put her in an all girls’ school and still see her falling for a boy at an inter-school event, in the neighbourhood or somewhere else. If you tell her to stop talking to boys, that would be unhealthy. There is no reason why she should think that boys and girls are not supposed to interact with one another.

Friendship & Cliques: While you are monitoring your thirteen-year-old’s relationships with her friends and Best Friend Forever (BFF), don’t be surprised to realise that she is a member of a clique. A clique is a small group of people who are very close to each other and are reluctant to let others join them. Cliques typically consist of a few girls who talk alike, have the same interests, dress alike and spend all their time together.

Staying Safe Offline & Online: The attachment to digital technology is a phenomenon that previous generations will have trouble identifying with. Recent research indicates that social media including Facebook and Twitter are preferred over email – by people of all ages. The trouble with being so technologically savvy is that girls with hardly any maturity have access to everybody and everything, with too many people having access to them too.

..There is more to the book …watch this space for more…and do leave your thoughts and comments !


A Scene from #WhenHariMetHisSaali enacted by @AmritaRao & @HarshTalkies at @crossword_book

What a lovely evening and book launch .. we will soon get you the detailed scoop on the book launch;In the meantime here is-

 A scene from “When Hari Met His Saali” enacted on stage by Actor Amrita Rao & Author Harsh !!!Image

AMRITA – Simi knocked on Hari’s door. When he opened it he was so happy to see her. Like an adolescent boy, he asked her in and quickly straightened his room. He offered her his desk chair and stood next to her.

HARSH – ‘Ah, will you have something? Anything cold? Coffee?’ he asked as if she was visiting his own place.

HARSH – It was true in one way: Hari and Simi were meeting alone for the first time since all the cards had been laid down. A heart-to-heart was overdue.

AMRITA –  ‘Hari, I’ve just come from downstairs,’ Simi said smiling. ‘Sit,na. I want to talk to you.’

AMRITA –Hari sat on the edge of his bed, his legs crossed.

AMRITA – ‘Hari, in all seriousness you have to admit that nothing is going to happen between you and me!’ Simi opened with the most obvious comment.

HARSH – ‘I don’t agree,’ Hari interrupted.

AMRITA – ‘Let me finish, Hari. How can you just fall in love with me? You don’t even know me completely,’ Simi said.

HARSH – ‘But that is why it’s called falling in love, Simi. One just falls into it. Plus, look at it this way, if I can fall in love only knowing you partially, imagine what I will do if I get to know you completely.’ He smiled at that.

AMRITA – She couldn’t help but think that the guy had charm. But back to the topic at hand.

AMRITA – ‘I don’t believe it,’ she continued. ‘Plus, you are in love with my sister, Tia.’

HARSH – ‘I was,’ Hari nodded ‘But I am not any more. “Was” is the operative word here.’

AMRITA – You are just under that magician’s spell. The day the spell is broken, SOON you’ll be back to loving Tia.’

HARSH – ‘And what if I’m not?’

AMRITA- ‘How can you not?’

HARSH – ‘Because I have never felt about Tia what I feel about you. Is that too difficult to accept?’

AMRITA – ‘Yes it is. She is my sister. I came … we met because of her. I came to America for her wedding … to you.’

HARSH – ‘So if the circumstances were different you would also fall for me?’

AMRITA – ‘Don’t get me caught up in words, Hari, I am not that smart.’

HARSH – ‘How about your feelings then? I can sense that you can feel my feelings as well.’

AMRITA -‘As a … a … as a friend, yes. What happened to you is unfortunate but what has happened to Tia is injustice. You know how much she was looking forward to it.’

HARSH – ‘She was looking forward to the function, the event, the party. It didn’t matter who the guy was, plus, she didn’t like me the way I was.’

AMRITA – ‘That’s not true. You know she has loved you and only you.’

‘You probably didn’t hear that she asked Xavier to make me into something I was not. And now that I am that person, she doesn’t approve.’

AMRITA – ‘I am her sister, Hari.’

HARSH –‘You are also an independent woman. Don’t you want someone to love you?’

AMRITA – ‘Of course I do … but …’

HARSH – ‘But because it is me saying, “I love you” to you, you have a problem with?’

AMRITA – ‘I have a problem with you being Tia’s fiancé … What am I saying? You are her husband.’

HARSH – ‘That was a long time ago and in two days’ time, that will be rectified. I want to hear it from you if it is me that’s the problem for you?’

AMRITA – ‘Look, Hari, you are a nice boy … a NICE man … But I cannot even imagine …. My life is in India, yours is here. How …’

HARSH – ‘The question is if, if you say you want to be with me, I will figure out the how part. Trust me, I am not as dumb as Tia thinks I am!’

AMRITA- ‘I am your saali, Hari. I have been calling you Jiju ever since we met.’

HARSH – ‘You are my saali if someone is strictly speaking legally. And that too shall be taken care of soon.’

AMRITA – ‘There’s no point in talking if you are going to be like this …’

AMRITA – Tch. Where are the appropriate words that will make him understand.

HARSH – ‘I could feel your soul when I kissed you, Simi.’

AMRITA –  ‘Oh my God, I was just shocked, OK? You came out of nowhere!’

AMRITA – Simi was suddenly feeling uncertain about her feelings and she got up from the chair. Hari got up too and came close to her. He was so close to her he could hear her heart and it was running at a mile a minute. It was as if she was frozen. She wanted to get out of his room, but she also wanted to stay back just a little to see what would happen.

And then, without warning, Hari kissed her. Whether it was expected or not, whether she wanted him to or not, all of that was irrelevant, instinctively she had her eyes shut and was bracing herself on the edge of the desk.

This kiss was different. This time, his tongue snaked into her mouth. She had never been kissed like that before. Namit was hardly a kisser — he kissed like he was kissing a baby. She frantically pushed Namit’s name out of her mind.

Oh God, this feels sooo good!

And then Hari broke away from her and backed off.

‘Oh, Bobby …’


‘… Donnell.’

Shit, these kinda things just escape from my lips.

She hesitantly opened her eyes. She was afraid that her reaction, her flushed face, her trembling body could be too easily read by Hari.

‘Oh God, I have to go now,’ she said hurriedly and ran out of his room.




Interesting isn’t it ?

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