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A Convenient Marriage…

With the launch of Jeevani Charika’s latest romance: A Convenient Marriage, I got to thinking, how would I cope with an arranged marriage? What if it went wrong? What if it all seemed hunky-dory and then I changed – or he changed?

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But then, maybe that’s the risk of marrying anyway – whether arranged or voluntary. I confess I came pretty close to getting married myself once, and backed away. Yep, engaged for five years, I was. He was a nice guy; fit, smart and funny… I just woke up to the realization I was making a big mistake – for me. So after deep soul-searching, I backed out and we went our separate ways; he to lick his wounds and build his new future, while I optimistically launched into my brave new world. (To my dismay, what followed was an extremely fallow period of four years in my love life. Four! I never saw that coming!)

 

So, if I could time-travel back to that period of indecision over my pending nuptials, what would be my advice to myself?  I think it would be: If you have to really work at a relationship, make concessions and suppress the true you – it probably isn’t the right relationship. One day you’ll realize something better is on its way.

 

So, enough wise words from me! Read more here about Jeevani’s fab new e-book, which is out today! 

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It was the perfect marriage… until they fell in love.

 

Chaya is a young woman torn between her duty to family and her life in the UK. While her traditional Sri Lankan parents want her to settle down into marriage, what they don’t know is that Chaya has turned away the one true love of her life, Noah, terrified of their disapproval.
Gimhana is hiding his sexuality from his family. It’s easy enough to pretend he’s straight when he lives half a world away in the UK. But it’s getting harder and harder to turn down the potential brides his parents keep finding for him.

When Chaya and Gimhana meet, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution to their problems. Together they have everything – friendship, stability and their parents’ approval. But when both Chaya and Gimhana find themselves falling in love outside of their marriage, they’re left with an impossible decision – risk everything they’ve built together, or finally follow their hearts?

 

You can click here to buy your copy of A Convenient Marriage.

 

Effrosyni Moschoudi on paranormal romance

My writing chum, Effrosyni Moschoudi (Frossie to her friends), is offering her paranormal romantic novel, The Ebb, for a limited time at 99p/99c. Effrosyni is an Amazon bestselling author telling stories drenched in Greek sunshine and set in beautiful locations.  And I LOVE the spooky twist! Read more here about her work and why she writes supernatural stories.

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Would you trust a ghost to help you find true love? Sofia, the heroine of The Lady of the Pier trilogy did just that. Start reading The Ebb to find out more. (It can also be enjoyed as a standalone read!)

 

frosso pic1 300DPIWelcome to my blog, Frossie! Tell us, what inspired you to write The Ebb?

Thank you, Rosie, great to be here!

The book combines my love for both Corfu and Brighton. Although this is a work of fiction, the story of Sofia who adores her grandparents and their village in Corfu, brims over with autobiographical elements as I used to spend my summers in the same way as a young girl. Up to a point, the description of the locales are very close to reality as well. As for Brighton, I’ve always had a fascination towards the West Pier. I was inspired to write this story because I feel it’s a shame that this magnificent landscape no longer exists and I wanted to bring it back to life through my story. In the remaining two volumes of The Lady of the Pier trilogy, The Flow and The Storm, the story highlights many events in real life history that involve Brighton and this pier at the heart of WWII.

Why do you write paranormal romance?

Anything that goes under the category of the paranormal fascinates me. Every day life can be mundane for us all, so I sprinkle some paranormal magic onto my stories hoping it will excite others the way it excites me. In real life, I am very much into the metaphysical, reincarnation, angels, and am highly spiritual in general so it comes easy to me to write about these things.

Me too!! So, can you share any personal experience of other-worldly happenings with us?

Oh yes. All my life I have felt protected in some eerie way and believe I have angels who look out for me at all times. In the recent years, my life got pretty scary healthwise plus it brought a lot of upset within my family. During these times, I received angelic messages that gave me a lot of comfort and courage. I blogged about these experiences at the time.
Click here to see two of these messages.

Amazing stories! What else can readers find on your website?

Readers can watch book trailers and download free excerpts of all my novels, and they can also discover a plethora of wonderful indie authors of many different genres via the interviews and book reviews/spotlights on my blog. Lastly, visitors are welcome to download my two permafree books that contain delightful short stories. Click here for the free stuff!

 

Your books are lovely and intriguing reads. Thank you so much for talking to us!

 

The Ebb — When Sofia falls in love, a mourning spirit begins to haunt her…

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On a long holiday with her grandparents, Sofia Aspioti meets Danny Markson, a charming flirt who makes her laugh. Although she tries to keep him at arm’s length, worried that village gossip will get back to her strict family, she falls desperately in love. That’s when strange dreams about Brighton’s West Pier and a woman dressed in black begin to haunt her. Who is this grieving woman? And how is her lament related to Sofia’s feelings for Danny?

BRIGHTON, 1937

Dreaming of wealth and happiness, Laura Mayfield arrives in Brighton to pursue a new life. She falls for Christian Searle, a happy-go-lucky stagehand at the West Pier theatre, but when she’s offered a chance to perform there, her love for him is put to the test. Charles Willard, a wealthy aristocrat, is fascinated by her and pursues her relentlessly. Will Laura choose love…or money?

 

“Ms. Moschoudi is proving to be a skilled storyteller who takes her readers on a wonderful ride.”
~David M. Wind, author of Queen of Knights

“Reading Ms Moschoudi’s work is like visiting a friend. You are so wrapped up in the story that you don’t want it to end!”
~Julie Blaskie, Amazon reviewer

“I could feel the warm sun and sandy beaches even on a cold dreary day.”
~Helen Johnson Brumbaugh, Amazon reviewer

For a limited period…

Click here to buy The Ebb on Amazon.com for 99c

Click here to buy The Ebb on Amazon.co.uk for 99p

 

 

What’s your favourite rom-com movie?

Rom-coms are my favourite genre of movie. This may account for why the novels I write are in the same field.

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I have watched countless rom-coms, some excellent, some pretty good and a few have been dire.  The all-time classic, never to be matched (IMHO) is:  When Harry Met Sally (1989). It’s written by the late and oh-so-great Nora Ephron. The screenplay was also enhanced by contributions from male lead, Billy Crystal, and the director Rob Reiner. Meg Ryan was at her peak in that era, and can only be matched in rom-coms by Sandra Bullock – who stars in another fave:  While You Were Sleeping (1995). Running neck and neck with these is:  Something’s Gotta Give (2003), a more recent and perhaps more sophisticated offering, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and starring one of my all-time favourite actresses, Diane Keaton, who has two love interests in Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves.

 

I confess to knowing chunks of these scripts by heart. Not only have I watched them many times, I have the soundtracks downloaded on to my iPod, so I can listen to them in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep. Like a child listening to a much loved bedtime story, within moments, I’ve usually nodded off again. If I don’t nod off, I lie there anticipating the next line.

 

HarrySallyI think When Harry met Sally is smartly written and high on observational comedy. It’s almost a blueprint for subsequent rom-coms; pairing a pessimistic yet quirkily amusing male lead with an optimistic yet slightly neurotic female lead. Out of youthful conceit, they begin by butting heads but, over time, develop a more mellow, accepting and well-rounded friendship – although not without its moment of despair. It has stood the test of time and still makes me laugh.

 

sleepingWhile You Were Sleeping, on the other hand, is oddly sweet – even though Sandra Bullock’s character, Lucy, takes a sociopathic approach to romance. You see, I’m not sure being recently orphaned and alone in the world (okay, she has a cat) allows her to pretend she is the fiancée of a man in a coma – a man on whom she happens to have a massive crush, and whose life she has just saved. But there you go. The eccentric Callaghan family sweeps her into its bosom at Christmas and she just can’t resist lying to them to maintain this feeling of belonging. And still I love them. Lucy is adorable and her real love interest – the coma victim’s brother, Jack (Bill Pullman) – is a guy I could fall for too.

 

Interesting note: on the old Harlequin Mills & Boon website, many authors cited While You Were Sleeping as their top romantic movie.

 

gottagiveSomething’s Gotta Give is the grown-ups’ rom-com. I think it’s no surprise that it was written and directed by a woman. What male writer would give a middle-aged female lead TWO love interests – and one of those a gorgeous, thirty-something doctor (Keanu Reeves)?

 

 

So, those are my most watched rom-coms and here are others I’ve seen more than thrice!

(If you have any other great recommendations… PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!)

 

Playing for Keeps (2012) Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt

How Do You Know? (2010) Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson

The Accidental Husband (2008) Uma Thurman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The Wedding Date (2005) Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney

Just Like Heaven (2005) Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo

Hitch (2005) Eva Mendes and Will Smith

Raising Helen (2004) Kate Hudson and John Corbett

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (2003) Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey

Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant

The Wedding Planner (2001) Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey

Return to Me (2000) Minnie Driver and David Duchovny

You’ve Got Mail (1998) Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks

The Matchmaker (1997) Janeane Garafolo and David O’Hara

French Kiss (1995) Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline

Overboard (1987) Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell