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…

The first blank page of a 365 page book, write a good one…HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014-TANU JAIN(MB INDIAN AUTHOR)

Good Morning everyone! A new year has dawned! As I was dancing the night away at the New Year Eve party, Brad Paisley’s lyrics strummed in my mind; “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

I’m Tanu Jain and my debut novel ‘His Captive Indian Princess’ for Mills and Boon hit the stands in October, 2013. This blog is my New Year wish and encouragement especially for aspiring writers. Harlequin Passions Contest, an awesome publishing opportunity for writers bitten by the writing bug is on. So, wake up people and put the quill to paper!   

I’d like to share with you all, a little bit of what my publishing journey has been like. Writing has been my passion and I have been imagining stories from as far back as I can remember. Snuggled in bed, the lights put out by my mother, my mind would begin to wander on a voyage of imagination. Books and especially the countless Mills and Boon that I read fuelled my imagination. As I grew older, strangers I met randomly, on the street, in the bus, in college, at parties or gatherings would fascinate me and I would weave stories around their day-to-day life, what they did and whom they loved. But I hid my imaginings, afraid that I would be labeled ‘Ms. Prying Eyes’ or worse, ‘A Fanciful Fabricator’!

      The tight knot inside me loosened when I sat down and chanced to write the story simmering inside me. The pent up feeling that was released buoyed me up. I wrote an eminently forgettable love story about a handsome Greek shipping magnate and heartbreakingly beautiful half Greek, half English heroine that was predictably rejected.

One day as I sat ruminating amongst the ruins of an ancient fort the heroine of my book, princess Gauri Rao, careened into my musings and hot on her heels, in relentless pursuit, came the dashing HH Vikramaditya Singh. At loggerheads with each other, they begged to be punished with a happy ending and I meted it out to them   painstakingly.  Now they can often be seen strolling around the fort, hand in hand, smiling into each other’s eyes, secure in their love for each other and at peace.

I too, am at peace having scratched the writing itch once. But as reputations go, itches have to be scratched again and again. But hey, I’m not complaining! I’m raring to go.

Because I know that when stories beg to be told and characters clamour to come out not paying heed to them can be detrimental to one’s health and wellbeing.

So, all you fellow writers out there, gird your loins and follow your dream. Soon the ‘aspiring writer’ tag will be removed and you will become a bona fide published writer.

               As T.S. Eliot wrote,

 “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

   And next year’s words await another voice.”Image