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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How to build your book’s characters? – By Shona Patel

I am curious by nature and a great people watcher. I like to observe how people look, walk, talk, interact with each another, and note the mannerisms and traits that set them apart. I have to admit I have a rattrap of a mind for storing details, all of which I use to flesh out my characters. I am a very visual person and I have to “see” my characters perfectly and fully formed before I can write about them. I have actual photo references and the background history of each character. I jot down copious notes on what I would expect my character to say or how they might be expected to behave in a given situation. I even go into their childhoods to create events that could have shaped their personality. I do this detailing for both my major and minor characters and I must admit I am rather obsessive in that respect.

My characters are often drawn from real life people but are rarely ever based on one single person. Rather I sew together a patchwork of looks and traits.  For example, I could take the looks of one person, the background of another and throw in a few quirks from the third, and then,  before I know it, my fictitious character starts to live and breathe as a real person. Conjuring them up is my favorite part in storytelling. My goal is to paint characters using delicate strokes. You can build character with body language, the way the person stands, gestures, a certain look in the eyes or a careless (or careful) manner of dress, all of which meld together to create a particular type of personality.

To give you a concrete example, take the character of Jimmy O’Connor in Time for the Firefly. He is a red-haired Irish giant, a larger than life character,  a renegade, a loose cannon who lives by his own rules and personal integrity. He could very easily have stepped out of Celtic folklore or a fairy tale but my plan was to make him iconic, not “flat” and stereotypical. The first step is to take a basically good man and give him an interesting past and a tragic past flaw (his drinking). The second is to give him a memorable quirk: his missing forefinger, which he uses both to amuse a child  (Emma Ashton) and intimidate his junior (Peewee Williams). I got the idea of the missing forefinger from a ninety-year-old American gentleman at a hospice where I volunteer. This man was a bit of a prankster in his youth, and told me he used to freak people out by sticking the stub of his missing forefinger up his nose to create an optical illusion—bewildering, as you can well imagine!

Once I have my characters nailed down, living and breathing inside my head, I set them in key points on a story arc. What they say, how they behave and how they grow and evolve becomes the bedrock of my story.