Wordless Wednesday: Love Wins

In July 2012 I published a book I had worked on for three years. Love Comes Later is the most expensive title on my list of eBooks, not to the customer but to me.

Editors’ fees, a failed cover design, and proof reading time pushed the launch date again, then yet again.

Imagine how thrilled I was to find out this same title won in the Romance category of the Best Indie Book awards!

I could say how patience pays off, or how long a lead time you need for people to realize you’re a writer… but for now, I’ll simply celebrate.




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Torn Together

Emlyn Chand - Author PhotoAs writers, we sometimes focus on our own craft to the point of ignoring everyone else. This January I’ve felt the burnout from that singularity of purpose and offset the workaholic effects by reading as much as I can. When you’ve been away from the pleasure of reading someone else’s polished prose, the pages of a book can be a relief (especially after the pains of grading undergraduate grammar!).

I’m reviewing Emlyn Chand‘s latest novel, Torn Together this week as part of a blog tour. You may have seen her Inside the Writer’s Studio interview with me a while back. Em is a force of nature both as a writer and entrepreneurial power house as the head of the indie promoter, Novel Publicity. She’s had so much success in marketing authors, commercial publishers using her services as well. Yet, she still finds time to write. This novel is a departure from her children’s and Young Adult novels yet no less passionate or painstaking.

I loved the voice of the heroine, Daly, who is in the thick of the modern woman’s struggle to find her purpose in life and of course, love. Daly’s love interest comes in an unexpected package and her trip to India is at the heart of the story. The dialogue is witty and the banter between the characters believable.I had more than one laugh at the antics of Kashi’s Indian sisters shopping with our heroine. The unexpected ending, however, reminds us that while the search for love is important, the story doesn’t always have a Hollywood finish. That’s all I’ll say without using a spoiler alert.

In honor of the multicultural romance and in case the references to India make you hungry (as they did me) here’s an easy recipe for you to try. Tamarind Fish Curry. I bet Daly and Kashi had many spicy meals like this as their romance heated up!

I loved the dedication at the beginning of the book: “To Hitesh, even though “happily ever after” was never ours to have.” The melancholy tone reminds me of paths from the past that were once so important to me and have seen faded into the mist.

If you like your heroine with heart and your stories mixed with culture and adventure, grab a copy while it’s still at the 99 cent bargain price!Torn Together Cover


About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

About the book: Life, love, and an unforgettable trip to India–readers call “Torn Together” an emotional roller coaster ride. What’s all the fuss about? Grab your mother, daughter, sister, or closest friend, and get reading. Make sure to keep a box of Kleenex handy! Get Torn Together through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo Books.

About the author: Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky! Connect with Emlyn on her website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Torn Together! Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Torn Together tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
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Romance Madness Blog Hop: Historical Romance

beautychorusI’m participating in a romance blog hop because this past July I wrote my first contemporary romance, Love Comes Later. From January 25 to 29 those who hop to other blogs can get great recommendations on romance reads. My novel is set in Qatar and has as much to do with culture as it does passion which means I like the non-traditional definitions of the romance genre.

This is probably why I recommend, The Beauty Chorus which is not your typical romance book either. Set against the backdrop of WWII, the novel has as much history as it does love, and only one or two steamy scenes. But the author, Kate Lord Brown, imagines the lives of women who served as pilots ferrying fighter jets back and forth across Europe.

I loved the story as much for the detail as for the male characters who recognized the bright, feisty women for the treasures they were. For those who are looking beyond the bodice ripper for a good read, laced with love, then this is the type of title I recommend.

A hefty read at over 400 pages, you will keep turning because you come to care not only about these characters, but learn about the women and men who flew aircraft around to various bases so that the fighter pilots would be able to continue to resisting the Axis powers.

Death, misogyny, and war rationing are amongst the real life hardships these women grappled with during this tumultuous period and this book gives the reader a wide sense of these elements.

As part of the hop, I’m hosting a giveaway of my book to the first commenter on this post who can answer the question if we fall or choose to be in love. A hot topic, I look forward to what you have to say! Hop on to see what other bloggers have to say about more great books via the button below and let us know if you pick up any one of the recommended reads.

Writers wouldn’t make it without readers and the best way to tell people about a title is still word of mouth (yes, even over Facebook OR Twitter) so whatever book you’re reading, please leave the author a review!
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