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‘If You Let Me Go’ is a finalist in Amazon’s Pen to Publish Contest

They say “third time is lucky.” Well, it seems true for me.

My first two books have been well-received (that is euphem-speak for “they got rave reviews but so-so sales” [and I’ve understood the reasons for that too but that’s a topic for later]).

‘If You Let Me Go’ is my third book and from Day One it has been receiving lots and lots of love from my readers. In fact, I’d done a FB post about it having 1 lakh reads even before the middle of the month.

And this baby is going places. Yes, and not just to the US, UK, France, Canada and Australia (with sales n page reads in all these amazon stores).

*Drumroll* Superthrilled to announced that ‘If You Let Me Go’ is a FINALIST in Amazon KDP’s prestigious Pen to Publish contest.


Yes, IYLMG has come a long way. Like all books that are written this too has gone through its fair share of tears and joys and pain but then nothing that’s worthwhile is gained easily.

And to have come this far, I have to say thanks to you: my readers, my friends, my family and last but def not the least, dear Universe, for guiding me in this path of being a writer that I have chosen for myself.


What happens in Paris…

Shivalika is a brilliant interior designer who attracts suitors like bees to honey. But she will have none of that. Shivalika has her life mapped out. She does not believe in love at all and is only focused on her career the reason for which is a secret she has nursed since she was a teenager.

But when billionaire Vikramarya Kumar aka VK aka “the most eligible bachelor in the country” enters her company as the new boss, sparks fly and she finds all her beliefs getting shattered, one by one.

Shivalika’s secret has already created havoc once in her life. Will she be able to overcome it to find her happily-ever-after with VK or will the pain of it destroy every chance of finding true love and healing?

‘If You Let Me Go’ is a standalone sweet romance novel (First Love Billionaire Romance novel).


Sapna says, “Be ready to fall in Love again.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jenii says ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The book is as sweet as the cover.”

Shalini KJ says, “As yummy as chilli paneer.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Spotlight: The Magician by Sonia Rao



(The Tarot Trilogy Book 1)


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Fashion designer Sasha Kapoor always felt she’d missed out on love as she had an arranged marriage. And when her husband turns up at their 15th-anniversary party with a strange woman, she knows that her marriage is dying. With constant surprises and disasters to contend with, will Sasha ever get a chance at true love?

Shantha is much sought after for her tarot card readings on love, but can’t seem to help her own love life with a string of broken relationships behind her. Now, sparks are flying between her and a sexy bartender but will this relationship fizzle out too?

Young professionals Nilima and her husband are so besotted with each other, they give the word ‘soulmate’ a complex. Theirs is a match made in heaven…till tragedy strikes.

The Magician is a heart-warming story of these three dynamic women as they discover the meaning of true love through loss and longing.


Thoughts from the Author, Sonia Rao

Who is a Magician? If it is a Tarot Card, then it the Major Arcana card in the deck and symbolizes life-changing issues.

But if it is a person, then it is Sasha, the main protagonist of my novel, The Magician. In this urban, contemporary romance, fashion designer Sasha, who caught within a loveless marriage, now seeks true love. It is also Shantha and Nilima who face their own challenges in love and try to rise above them.

It is also every woman. This is because, as Shantha says to Sasha in the book, “Imagination is your strength. You have the power to visualize and then manifest what you want. You are the Magician.” Each one of us is The Magician because we hold within ourselves the power to create the life of our dreams.

But how did this cover happen? There is a lovely story behind it. While researching the many tarot decks online, I saw this card on the Attic Shoppe website and I knew at once that this was my “Sasha.”

Go back and have a look at the cover again. Doesn’t it just grip you too? Part practical, part whimsical, part traditional, part digital, this card, like the book, is a labour of love.

The designer, Bethalynne Bajema, created this card for her Black Ibis Tarot card deck.  The love she put in is very evident in the vibe one gets from it. Every time I see it, I am inspired to bring a touch of magic to the everyday routines of mundane life.

Carrying on the serendipity, Bethalynne immediately and graciously agreed to my request to make this card my book cover. Such generosity is hard to come by and I believe it is the Universe’s way of saying “you’re right on track.”  
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“Sonia Rao is a writer, editor, and award-winning blogger. Her fiction has appeared in many prestigious anthologies such as Voices Old & New and Jest Like That (edited by renowned editor-writer Shinie Antony).

As NaNoWriMo’s Municipal Liaison for all-India and founder of the Wrimo India group on Facebook, Sonia has motivated thousands of people in India to write a novel every November since 2011. She has also curated and edited the first Wrimo India Anthology, Vengeance—A Sting In Every Tale.

Sonia likes to believe she is ‘high-minded’ but strangely, her fave hobby is thinking up torture devices for those autorickshawallahs who consider the roads to be their personal spittoon. Who knew?

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Book Blitz: That Night Under The Stars by Alka Dimri Saklani

Print Length: 124 pages
Publication Date: July 11, 2020
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Language: English
Genre: Romance, Literature and fiction

Oberoi hates me the moment he sets his eye on me. I start hating him even
before that.

He is the estranged husband of my client, Arya, and I am here to fight her case. I challenge him bluntly that he needs to accept the terms demanded by Arya or rot in jail.

Then one morning I wake up with broken arms and limbs in his hospital bed, and apart from being my client’s husband, he is also my doctor now. I hate how easily he reads what lies beneath my relentless anger… but then sometimes I love it. I hate how his charismatic presence makes me feel, and how his absence affects me. I am in
danger of falling for a man whose marriage I am supposed to save.

But there is more to risk than my heart and my sanity. There’s my case. And I am forced to question, is it destiny or a well-planned conspiracy?


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“Women don’t cheat, men do.”  I looked at him, “You know what? All men are bastards.” My voice was edgier than intended and I am sure my face was fuming.

He stood still for a while as if I had thrown boiling water on him. Then he began shaking his head. “You are good to nurses and bitches to male attendants. Yesterday they were arguing about it.

The nurses couldn’t stop praising you and the male attendants couldn’t stop cursing you. At that time, I couldn’t understand it, but now I do.”

“What?” What did it have to do with what we were talking about?

“It seems like your war is not against crime; your war is against men.”

His sentence punched me straight in the gut. But before I could respond he walked closer, bent down a little and stared at me with…disgust?

“What?” my brows merged, and my nose crinkled.

“It seems like you didn’t get to vent out your anger at the right place.”

“What do you mean?” I stiffened.

He bent a little more until his eye level matched mine, his voice measured, “What did he do to you to create so much hatred?”

A moment of blankness reigned before the full force of his words acted like acid on my soul. When his gaze shifted to my hand, I realised the bedsheet was crumpled in my tight fist, I immediately left it. My body had gone strangely stiff. I tried to relax, but it came out as a release of breath.


“So much hatred can only be the outcome of so much love,” his pitch toned down, “I know that. I have been there.” his voice softened.

I wanted to shout at him and wanted to tell him to shut up, but my words dried on my throat. My frustration shot to a new level and I just wanted to walk away, like every time I did when I had to avoid confrontation. I tried to pull out the IV tube, but he held my hand in time.

His grip was tight, and his tone restrained when he spoke, “It shouldn’t be removed like that. But once you are out of here, go and vent out your hatred in the right place, that will help you. I was also hurt by someone I loved, someone I trusted, though I didn’t get the privilege to keep it private. You are the best witness, not only a witness, but a partner in crime of the ones who hurt me. But do you know why I don’t loathe the whole female species? Because I have vented out my anger at the right place.”

“That got you to court?” I hissed, jerking away his hand.

“It doesn’t matter. I don’t carry as much hatred in myself.” He straightened to his monstrous height.

“What about the world that hates you?”

He pushed his hands in his pocket and his voice was calm, but determined, “I damn care. I can look in the mirror and recognize the man in there.”

His statement unfurled something inside me. A small conversation I have every day with the woman on the other side of the mirror.

The woman I don’t recognize anymore.

The woman whom I fail to connect with anymore.  

Alka Dimri Saklani is a novelist and author of the much-loved Beyond Series. Her debut novel ’45 Days in a Cancer Hospital’ was longlisted for Crossword Books Award 2013.

Her readers define her writing as intense, though she dreams of writing a breezy read someday. She has searched more baby name websites to find names of her characters than she did to select the names of her kids. Sometimes she talks to her characters more than she talks to real people. But believe me she isn’t crazy; she is just a writer.

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Book Blitz: Through His Eyes by Ruchira Khanna

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 Through his Eyes: A Short Story

Genre: Contemporary Drama

Blurb: Meera Bhatt’s upbringing had been outsourced ever since she was born. Through his Eyes is a narration of her journey from a toddler to an adult. She reflects on how her helper taught her to distinguish between right and wrong without speaking a single word.

Did she get lost in translation amidst his guidance?
Or did she find her way out to be a mature young adult?

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‘Through His Eyes’ is a lovely, emotional short story.

Fluently narrated, it brings out the best side of the human nature and relationships.

A beautiful short story that takes the readers through a sea of emotions. The author reminds us that relationships can be so precious and beautiful even if the connection is not by blood.

This short story is sweet and loving with a very beautiful message.

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A Biochemist turned writer who gathers inspiration from the society where she writes about issues that stalk the mind of the man via tales of fiction. She projects the mental growth of her characters thus, making her readers tag her work as, “Books that make you ponder!”

She blogs at Abracabadra which has been featured as “Top Blog” for three years. Many of her write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few.

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Book Blitz: Bewitched by Ruchi Singh

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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mythology, Folklore


The eternal dance of attraction, lust and love has been going on since time immemorial. 

The divine apsara Menaka descends to Earth at Indra’s behest to distract the sage Vishwamitra from the penance that would bring him unimaginable powers. Menaka succeeds in bewitching Vishwamitra, but her actions are destined to have dire consequences for both.

Eons later, their story is set to repeat itself.

Poorva has always played by society’s rules and ideas of decorum. But what happens when her own loved ones betray her in the worst way imaginable? Does she still have to remain bound by their rules?

Rudra plays with power and people like they are pieces on a chessboard. He has no qualms about indulging his desires, be it money or women, but is determined not to be bound by either.

What happens when these two diametrically opposite souls are brought together by fate?

In the game of power, lust, greed and betrayal, some win and some lose. But are there any winners or losers in the game of love?

Like Menaka and Vishwamitra, are Poorva and Rudra too destined to see their story end in tragedy? Or will the divine power prevail?




Mumbling an apology, she sat up straight.

“It’s dinner time. You can sleep in the bedroom after dinner.”


“Yeah, it’s just behind our chairs,” he said stretching his legs. 

“No, no. I’m fine here.”

“You are my guest, it’s for you.”

“No, no. I don’t want to inconvenience you.”

The flight attendant brought their dinner putting an end to the debate. She was surprised when the attendant brought another tray that had champagne cooling in a silver container with all the paraphernalia.

“I thought you didn’t take alcohol,” she couldn’t help but comment.

“Sometimes I do. This is an occasion which calls for a toast, don’t you think?”

“When others are doing all the thinking for me, I have stopped applying my brains.”

He chuckled and shook his head, “You know, I sometimes get the feeling you are more angry about my taking control of the events than anything else.”

She spooned the chicken curry on her plate refusing to reply. The food was awesome, and she was hungry.

“Isn’t that so?” he asked goading her again.

“I’m angry about everything. Every damn thing and every damn person.”

“I think you are angry with yourself too.”

“Oh really! Care to elaborate?”

“There are two reasons. You have been a good girl all your life. You thought that was the best thing to do, but you got nothing out of that. And now forbidden things are appealing to you, which goes against your first philosophy, so you are angry all the more.” He opened the champagne with a pop and poured the sparkling liquid into two flute glasses. He had taken off his coat and rolled up his sleeves.

“Forbidden things are appealing to me!” The blood flow accelerated in her veins at the sight of his hands and broad wrist. He had beautiful long fingers like those of an artist.

“Yes, didn’t you enjoy rehearsing and performing for the show?” He handed her the glass and clinked his with hers. “Aren’t you enjoying this meal with me high up in the sky?” 

“Hats off for turning the argument around and making it about me and absolving yourself for the entire mess.”

“It is not a mess and I’m just the instigator. In fact, I have done you a favor. I have taken you out of your boring life and given you a chance to enjoy the way you deserve.”

“Wow!” She chuckled, actually enjoying herself.

He went absolutely still, then leaned towards her and said softly, “You deserve the best, Poorva. You are a very nice person and should get everything you want from life.”

The air was thick with undercurrents as she looked into his sincere eyes. The brown specks in his black eyes glowed with goodwill and admiration. He came closer and glanced at her lips, then the spell broke and she turned her attention back to the flute in her not-so-steady hand.

“That was a nice thing to say,” she muttered.

“You are welcome.”



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Author of the Amazon bestseller romantic thriller ‘The Bodyguard’, Ruchi Singh is an IT professional and novelist, writing stories under Romance and Suspense genre. She is a bilingual author and writes in both Hindi and English.

Winner of TOI Write India Season 1, Ruchi also publishes romantic short reads under ‘Hearts and Hots’ collection, besides being a contributing author to many anthologies.
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Book Blitz: In Debt To Her Millionaire Foe by Aarti V Raman

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Steamy Romance


When the songbird owes the business tycoon…

Former gangster, Devansh Thackeray has finally managed to carve the life he’s always aspired to.

Building a chain of seven-star hotels all over the world, a reputation for being an honest businessman…and all the women he could want.

Ansh’s life is perfect. Or so he thinks.

His past is about to catch up to him.

Kahini Palekar’s life is a nightmare.

She works three jobs to pay off the loan sharks circling her.

But, Kahini doesn’t mind because she also gets to sing.

Even if it is at a shady nightclub in Goa, India’s beach paradise.

Kahini’s day of reckoning arrives when her dead brother’s best friend storms back in her life.

Millionaire Ansh offers salvation from her debt and a chance to sing at the most exclusive wedding of the decade.

Although Kahini hates Ansh and blames him for her current predicament, she is forced to accept his help.

Old hurts are soothed as Ansh reveals his secrets to Kahini. But, bold desire changes the dynamic between them.

As Kahini steps into the spotlight, Ansh is afraid his songbird will fly away after repaying her debt to him.

Can the ruthless tycoon get a second chance at becoming Kahini’s heart song or will the past tear them apart?

Meet the Millionaire Foes – rising from ruin through ruthless ambition, these self-made tycoons have everything. Except the heart of the one woman who means everything.

The Millionaire Foe Quartet series contains four steamy romances set around the world, each of which can be read as a standalone.

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Hi, I’m Aarti V Raman aka Writer Gal. I have been a former journalist, editor and even a sometime-teacher before I plunged into my dream job. That of being a full-time writer.

In fact, my three favorite words are ‘happily ever after.’

This comes in handy as I primarily write bestselling contemporary romantic women’s fiction, which are all about living happily, after going through some hard times.

My more notable works include the Geeks of Caltech and Royals of Stellangård series, Something Old, Something New, More Than You Want, and The Perfect Fake among others. My chicklit family drama, The Worst Daughter Ever, has been picked up for screen adaptation.

I always love to hang with you, my dear reader friend. I’ve created Writer Gal’s Reader Pals on Facebook for this reason and I hope to see you there.

If not, I’m there on all social media as @aartivraman but I’m most active on Instagram.

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Book Blitz: Bowled, but Not Out by Ruchira Khanna

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Bowled, but Not Out                                                                                    

Genre: Contemporary Romance 


What’s a girl to do when she wants to hit boundaries but life throws her beamers?
Saru expected her life to turn for the better when she found love and married. Instead, she kept getting deliberate yorkers from her mother-in-law. She hit a sixer when a baby arrived, but things got worse soon after. Her appeal to the umpire fell on deaf ears. Finally, she walked out of the stadium, and let go of the first love of her life.
Then she flew off to New York for her Masters.
Will Saru get a second chance at love and marriage and get to hit a century? Will her daughter ever form a relationship with her biological father?

Bowled, but Not Out is an entertaining family drama full of heart and thoughtful life lessons and will resonate with anyone fond of cricket. Buy your copy now.

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A Biochemist turned writer who gathers inspiration from the society where she writes about issues that stalk the mind of the man via tales of fiction. She projects the mental growth of her characters thus, making her readers tag her work as, “Books that make you ponder!”

She blogs at Abracabadra which has been featured as “Top Blog” for three years. Many of her write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few.

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Book Blitz: We Women Wonder by Inderpreet Uppal

We Women Wonder talks about the various aspects in a life of a woman which are stepping stones but many are just stones in her path.

This book talks of the diverse issues she faces, the support she gets and why her progress is riddled with ambushes at each step.

We Women Wonder is not just a morale booster for women in all stages of their lives but also for men who wish to understand women better, trying to figure out what makes her the enigma she is.


We Women Wonder is a book about the story of every woman, you might find your reflection too.
Thoughts, quotes and determination can make a woman stronger, a survivor but she is a winner regardless.

“When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier.” – Diane Von Furstenberg.

A journey into what keeps us women ticking.
What annoys the hell out of us?
What are we women really about?
How does the world see us?
Is the world changing for us or are we just dreaming?
What is our success and what it means to a woman?
We Women Wonder, I often do, don’t you?

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Inderpreet is a freelance editor and author for fiction and nonfiction. She is a post-graduate in human resources management and has worked as a lecturer for management, corporate communications, organisational behaviour and human resources management for many years.

Inderpreet writes for her love of writing, edits manuscripts and reads endlessly. Editing is her second career as her love of reading led to writing, editing as well as publishing her books on Amazon KDP.

She has worked with indie-authors as well as traditionally published authors. Books, editing, writing, and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’.

An Army brat, she now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country.

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Book Blitz: Shades Of Love by Candy Laine

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Publisher: Candy Laine (Indie published)
Publication Date: 11 May 2016
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Language: English
Genre: Romance
An anthology of short stories exploring the emotion of love in all it’s aspects. The love between a mother and son, a criminal and a stranger, an army officer and his wife, painful teenage crushes, second chance romances with twists in the tale and more.

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These are sweet, romantic short stories (though not necessarily ‘romance’) similar to what you might find in Guideposts. Most of the stories are set in India. All have an uplifting feel, with wonderful imagery and a realistic cadence which will make you feel like you are visiting that country. Some of the stories have the unusual theme of romance centered around film production, something you don’t see everyday. My favorite story was ‘Grace’s Miracle’ which had a fun twist that I don’t want to spoil, but you will laugh and say ‘a-hah!’ I also enjoyed ‘Afghan Adventure’, to see the troubles through a India Army soldier’s eyes.” – Anna Erishkigal
This is a heartwarming book, perfect for cozying up during the long winter evenings. All short stories are woven with love and sparkle with many hues. The stories flow easily and all have an element of surprise, an unexpected twist. These are not run of the mill romances. Pick a copy to read on a flight or gift one to someone dear. These are all stories to stir your soul and bring a smile.” –  Neyz
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Candy Laine worked as a Search Engine Optimization content writer and dabbled in Social Media Marketing for nine years before she realized she was starving her creative soul. That’s when she went back to creative writing. Today she enjoys feeding her soul as she drinks green tea, meditates, burns candles, practices Reiki and occasionally smacks people who annoy her.
Her husband and son usually keep her busy baking cakes and pies. She’s lived in over 30 homes following her fauji father and husband all over the country. Currently she calls the city of Pune her home. In her spare time, which isn’t much, she manages to escape into her make belief world populated with eccentric characters who just want to be loved.

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