Wake up

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Five years ago, she gave him his heart and he gave her a ring. A ring that felt like the most precious thing in the world because it symbolized what they had, shared and promised. Their love felt invincible; it felt eternal. They felt like one.

But now, there was a chip in their connection and she was the only one that seemed to notice, seemed to care. Dates were an exception, not a routine. Affection was superficial. There was no depth, no consideration, no want to improve. She stared at him at night wanting to find what could work and make him see what their relationship needed from him. She looked at the tiny space between them in bed and felt like she was miles away.

“I love you,” she said softly. “I want to hear you say it. I want you to tell me how you feel.”

She wanted him to wake up. Literally and metaphorically. She needed more from him. She wanted him to hear her and listen to her. She closed her eyes and sighed. She felt alone, unnoticed, and unheard. Her soul cried tears of blood.

She threw the covers off her and got out of bed. It hurt to sleep next to him—he slept so peacefully and she felt absolutely no peace.

What Books to Pack?!

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Yesterday was the first time when I didn’t have to do a single second of editing and it felt weird. I didn’t know what to do with myself and I kept thinking I was forgetting about something. I didn’t feel like myself because I was missing the story of Taya so much. That’s a good sign though, right?

So this trip we’re taking has perfect timing. We’re traveling to Kuala Lumpur for the long weekend. The main agenda is watching the MotoGP race (huge fan right here 😉 ) but we are planning to see the city and have a proper sightseeing holiday.

A week prior to every vacation, I always start thinking about what to pack and at the top of the list are always books, books, books. And some more books. 🙂 When I travel, I love having a Kindle because it makes it so much easier. Otherwise, I could have problems trying to fit everything into my bag.

I have uploaded The Right Swipe by Alisha Ray and The Game by Emma Scott (which is a bundle). I probably won’t manage all three but better be sure than sorry. 🙂 I have also been seeing a lot of books by Cecelia Ahern in India’s bookstore so I want to give her novels a shot and I plan on buying one at the airport.

Have you read any of the authors/books mentioned? Did you like them?

Our trip

We had a Sri Lanka trip booked for April but after the horrible events at Easter, we decided to postpone it to June and just got back this Sunday. We had a wonderful time in this beautiful country, having a new adventure every single day. I wanted to share some photos from our holiday.

What have you been up to? Reading anything new? Maybe Equinox or Eclipse? 🙂 🙂

Past-Present-Future Reading List

I’ve been writing my third book and thoroughly enjoying it. I hope I manage to write 5 more pages today or tomorrow so that I can finish the week with 200 pages. I love, love the story that has been developing on the pages. I am actually excited to finish it and start working on the draft and editing.

I’ve also been really enjoying reading and I’m currently reading the Hoops Series by Kennedy Ryan. It’s not my favorite but I am liking it.

 

Long Shot (Hoops, #1)

A Standalone FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA…

Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl? You don’t.
My fairy tale is upside down. A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.

I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA’s brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.


Block Shot (Hoops, #2)

A STANDALONE second chance, enemies-to-lovers romance set in the cutthroat world of sports management.

They’re two sharks in a fish tank…

JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat…
The heart everyone assumes is frozen over. Her anger is… arousing.
Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth, gets me… well, you know.
If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.
I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it.
I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.”
They say even rich men don’t always get what they want, but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.
Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game?
She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.
One night. One epic fail. One dollar… and I’m out. I’ve moved on.
I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.
Anything they can do, I have done better.
They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.
And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?
Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.
I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.
Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real.
But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.


Hook Shot

A deeply emotional standalone romance set in the worlds of professional basketball and high fashion.

Divorced. Single dad. Traded to a losing squad.
Cheated on, betrayed, exposed.
My perfect life blew up in my face and I’m still picking up the pieces.
The last thing I need is her.
A wildflower. A storm. A woman I can’t resist.
Lotus DuPree is a kick to my gut and a wrench in my plans
from the moment our eyes meet.
I promised myself I wouldn’t trust a woman again,
but I’ve never wanted anyone the way I want Lo.
She’s not the plan I made, but she’s the risk I have to take.

A warrior. A baller. The one they call Gladiator.
Kenan Ross charged into my life smelling all good, looking even better and snatching my breath from the moment we met.
The last thing I need is him.
I’m working on me. Facing my pain and conquering my demons.
I’ve seen what trusting a man gets you.
I. Don’t. Have. Time. For. This.
But he just keeps coming for me.
Keeps knocking down my defenses and stealing my excuses one by one.
He never gives up, and now…I’m not sure I want him to.


 

Have you ever read any of the books? Did you like it/them?

What are you currently reading?

Eclipse’s coming May 31

This year has been very busy, just like 2018, and May isn’t going to pump the breaks by the looks of it. Last week was quite erratic: we had to deal with postponing our trip to Sri Lanka for obvious reasons and find plan B. And what a back-up plan it was–we went to the Maldives. After the wedding we both went straight back to work and haven’t stopped working since, so we desperately needed a break and we hadn’t had our honeymoon yet. So two coconuts with one stone.

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I read three books during our vacation: The Wedding Date, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and Vicious. I liked all of them. The next I’m going to read is The Other Woman by Daniel Silva.

The vacation sadly ended and now I’m back to my routine, or rather trying to get back to it. Is it just me or is it hard to get back to the everyday you had before the vacation? But I am trying to hit the ground running.

I’ve changed the header/cover photos and am delighted to announce that I’ll be releasing my second book Eclipse, a sequel to Equinox, on May 31. I’m convinced the story and the drama will not let you down. I read somewhere that second books in a series normally disappoint (the second-book syndrome) but I guarantee that will not happen here. I approached each book as a standalone and as if the series ended with it. I will write the third and final one but not immediately.

Before leaving I was working on a draft for my next project, which doesn’t have a title yet, and I started writing it last night. I’m 2,300 words in and I’m jumping right back into it any second. It’s a story I’ve had in my head since I was a teen. I’ll give you more information soon and keep you posted.

 

What are you working on? Reading anything?

Living in India

I planned on writing this post yesterday but with everything that was happening in Sri Lanka and us leaving for our trip there in a few days, I was glued to the news channels and just didn’t have it in me to be productive.

But I did make a promise, so here it is. Just get ready…it’s a long one.

In January last year we decided to move here for my husband’s career and we have been living in India now for almost four months. So it hasn’t been that long but we’ve managed to get some experience.

Living here has had its challenges. For me, one of them is definitely food. I am allergic to wheat and so the first few weeks were difficult because I had to look for wheat- or gluten-free options. Going to the store was a trip. Whatever is imported is expensive and whatever is Indian has their own name. For instance, chana is chickpea, makkai is corn, kuttu ka atta is buckwheat, paneer is fresh cheese and kulfi is their ice cream my husband is in love with. But the food is delicious, there is no denying it. The vegetables are fresh, the fruit is delicious, and they can make one hell of a tasty dish. And one hell of a spicy one. I love spicy food and can handle it, but whenever I am asked by an Indian if I like spicy, I deny, deny, deny. The spice here is next level.

The one thing I thought there will be no problems with was English. Boy, was I wrong. As soon as we stepped off the plane in January and the customs officer asked me something, I felt like a complete idiot, because I had no idea what he was saying. It’s the combination of the melody of an Asian language and the Germanic harshness of English that makes it sound strange. It took me three tries to figure out he was asking me if this is my first time in India. I’ve gotten a little better at deciphering it but honestly, it’s not always easy.

We live in Bangalore, which is a city that has seen huge development in the last few years and therefore you can see an opposition between the new and the old buildings, the vendors next to the roads and the shopping malls. We live in a gorgeous gated community so to be fair I don’t experience the Indian lifestyle daily, but we do like to step outside and take short trip or run errands. And that is another challenge: going anywhere you need to accept that there will be looks in your direction.

We went to Goa, a state with beautiful beaches, and we were sightseeing, just relaxing and taking walks. Spending time together. At least six groups of people asked to take photos with us and each of them wanted to take a picture and be in one. And I was…I still am wrapping my head around it. I didn’t want to be rude but it just felt strange. There was a group that didn’t even say thank you, they just stepped up to me, took a photo and giggled their asses away. I was uncomfortable. It’s so weird to me. I would never even think about asking someone for a photo just because of the color of their skin. Would you find it weird too?

We’ve been trying to see and learn as much about India as possible. It’s a wonderful culture and I want to get to know it. I think it’s so interesting to find similarities between the Indian and my own culture and the traditions I know. I have found quite a few instances where the idea is the same but the celebration or the ritual is different. For example, in March they celebrate the beginning of spring with a festival called Holi. And in Slovenia we celebrate spring with Shrovetide (we call it Pust). Same idea, different execution.

I’ve also learned it’s a country of contradictions. Supposedly, there are 200,000 wealthy people; 3,400 ultra rich people (meaning they are worth more than 50 million people); and it’s the third nation when it comes to the number of billionaires. Yet there are 22% of people living under the poverty limit. And the gap is increasing. My heart broke when we visited an orphanage and were told that the country doesn’t fund them, doesn’t help them take care of the children.

Another thing is the trash. Indians are spiritual and religious people who respect nature and animals and yet simply throw garbage onto the floor and let dogs be abandoned. I would love to see the country that is so beautiful also be tidy. It doesn’t take much time nor effort.

The power just went out. Again. For the gazillionth time. It’s one of the quirks you just have to accept. Like the fact that everything takes time and no one is rushing anywhere. It’s not something I was used to in Europe.

My husband is away on business a lot but I am not a person that would feel lonely when alone. So I’ve been focusing on making the most of my days and focusing on me when he’s not around. I’ve had a job even before I finished my studies and so not having one now is weird and if you connect your sense of independence to it, it gets weirder. But this is the first time where my writing is my priority. And I love it. I do need to be careful to give myself breaks and not stress myself out. Because when you’re the one setting the schedule and you’re a workaholic and someone eager to have success…let’s just say I’ve had a few sleepless night.

I’ve never felt so good to be honest. Moving to India has let me morph my daily life into what I want it to be. I get up, work out, have breakfast and don’t have to look at the time, I cook and experiment, I read and go swimming to the community club here… And when my husband is home, I love our time together. We make each other a priority, we spend time together and nourish our common interests and hobbies…we have a bubble. We’ve gone out to dinners and for drinks but to be honest, there is nothing like watching a show, eating some snacks and having a glass of wine.

We’ve also met great and welcoming people. There is a wonderful family living next door that we’ve spent some time with. And we want to make even more connections and life-long friends.

It’s been an adventure, like we expected it would be, and we are excited of what’s to come. I am sure it will better and enrich us.


 

I am certain I didn’t write everything I wanted to say. I kept postponing it because there are so many thoughts and impressions in my mind about living here. I made a mistake not noting them down as they emerged. But I will start doing that now and maybe do another post like this.

If you have any questions, let me know. 

Equinox is coming April 1

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I’ve shared with you already that Equinox, my contemporary romance novel, is coming out on April 1st. And so I wanted to also share with you the revamped cover.

I gave my friend the idea for it and she managed to execute it brilliantly. After she painted the couple, I put the finishing touches on it. I can’t believe how much time I spent staring at different fonts and compositions.

And now, I absolutely adore how it looks. Hope you like it too.