On Sale: December 1, 2011
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Women's Fiction Contemporary
How Can Happiness Survive When Duty Clashes With Desire?
Sheetal Prasad has it all: youth, beauty, wealth, and
education. But when this modern Indian woman surrenders
love for honor and marries into India's most
glamorous "royal family," those very advantages turn
Meet the Dhanrajs-a powerful family bound together by a
web of lies where infidelity, greed, secrets, and hidden
identities lurk beneath the lush tapestry. The Dhanrajs
will do whatever is necessary to mask the truth from the
As Sheetal peels back the layers of deceit in the
glittering world of Indian mega- wealth-and struggles to
control her own fate-she is threatened by the rage she
harbors and the blazes of passion she ignites.
16 comments posted.
Re: Duty And Desire
It seems to me that very little in fiction has not occurred in reality, but thank goodness for that little.
(Marjorie Carmony 6:35am April 15, 2012)
I think that reality and fiction can definitely feed off each other. I wonder if your story line and the wedding in it were available somewhere. The coincidences just seem to be a little too close, unless you know of other people who have planned weddings in Versailles.
I don't know if Versailles is available for wedding receptions. I do know it's available for official international functions. It was in the 1960s. Do you know which room is portrayed in the picture above? I've been to Versailles a number of times, but I'm thinking of a particular function which I attended with my father in the Salle des Batailles in June 1963. He was in Paris with a group of other Canadians for a hospital conference. He was an architect who had worked on several hospitals. As the grand finale of the event, we were bussed from Paris to Versailles for a dinner with a view of the fountains behind the Palace. Unfortunately, it rained that evening and the fountains would have been indistinguishable from the rain. However, a great time was had by all the international visitors, since we also got a tour of parts of the chateau, including the Hall of Mirrors which is located around the corner from the Salle des Batailles. I would think that we were a fairly large number of people since we traveled in 20-plus buses. If I remember correctly, we also sat at round tables and each table was photographed and we each received a copy of that as a parting souvenir.
I'd certainly love to read this series when it comes out, whether it's set in Versailles or elsewhere. It's certainly portrays a world that I'm acquainted with.
P.S. I love that picture of Versailles and its gardens and other buildings. Where did you get it? BEFORE VERSAILLES by Karleen Koen which came out recently, deals with the time before Louis XIV turned the hunting lodge there into a real palace.
(Sigrun Schulz 6:39am April 15, 2012)
What human minds create, human minds can create!
(Mary Ann Dimand 7:05am April 15, 2012)
Hi Marjorie & Mary, thanks for sharing!
I'm afraid I don't know which rooms are portrayed in the pic. above... and during the Mittal wedding... journalists were banned from the event and so little was known of the details.
DUTY AND DESIRE is already out... it was a Dec 2011 international release and available in hardcopy via online order at B'Noble, Amazon, and most leading bookstores. It is also available for ereading on: Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo and all Apple products. I hope you enjoy the read!
(Anju Gattani 7:58am April 15, 2012)
I think fiction can be inspired by reality but fiction can inspire reality. After all, what the mind can dream, it can achieve.
(Pam Howell 9:49am April 15, 2012)
love to win this book it sounds so good thanks
(Denise Smith 10:27am April 15, 2012)
Hi Pam and Denise,
What a lovely thought, Pam... inspiring! Thanks and good luck to winning the invitation!
(Anju Gattani 10:56am April 15, 2012)
It is not at all uncommon for life to imitate fiction in
certain genres: science fiction, crime fiction, and
contemporary thrillers come to mind, since the appearance of
plausibility in extrapolation from the real world is so
For the same reason I would expect it to be far less common
in contemporary romance novels because the demand for such
plausibility in extraction from the real world is arguably
going to be lower.
Not that I am saying contemporary romance novels are
unrealistic (well, except maybe for the HEA part!) but
rather that part of the fun in writing science fiction and
contemporary thrillers (less so with crime novels) is to be
able to claim to have predicted the future when something
happens in the real world greatly resembling what you wrote.
(Fred Town Ward 11:07am April 15, 2012)
I used to think that fiction mirrored reality or was just designed to give the reader a place to go that was obviously not real. However....recently it seems that more and more people want their real lives to mimic fiction. I guess deep inside we all want the fairy tale ending.
(Jennifer Beyer 11:09am April 15, 2012)
I'd love to be invited to the wedding.
(Mary Hay 3:23pm April 15, 2012)
I remember ready about Edgar Cayce when I was younger. he believed in the "universal mind". The concept is that we are all somehow connected and our thoughts come from the same universal source of knowledge. I like that idea, and I would like to believe it's true. If you believe in the concept, then it makes sense that you could think you are actually making something up when it is actually real. Maybe you tapped into the information unconsciously.
(Sandy Fielder 4:18pm April 15, 2012)
I like the idea of coincidence and seeing a setting in real life, so mirroring real life intrigues me. Of course, so does a world that has a smidgen of possibility from some authors who stretch the imagination.
(Alyson Widen 4:35pm April 15, 2012)
What a thought-provoking concept! It's interesting to hear you say this because these were just 2 of the details I've shared on the post - which mirror life. There are more... and one of them literally made my heart stop.
Hi Fred, Jennifer and Alyson,
Thanks for sharing your Sunday with me and I'm glad you enjoyed the post!
(Anju Gattani 5:36pm April 15, 2012)
My husband showed me the pictures this weekend and I thought of you. Now, reading this, it is very strange how things seem, isn't it. Best of luck! Your star is rising!
(Shanon Grey 9:44pm April 15, 2012)
At times fiction and reality can be one in the same. So much in fiction is based on reality and reality can at times have a ficiton back round. Thank you for your view. Love to read the book.
(Diane Castiglione 1:59pm April 16, 2012)
thanks for your kind words!!
Hope u enjoy the read!!
(Anju Gattani 2:41pm April 16, 2012)
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