A sweet lady, who writes damn good romance. One can't possibly write and promote books like she does! Featuring this inspirational writer till the end of this month *sigh! 15 days aren't enough to feature her!*
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.
1. The Malhotra Bride
3. The Runaway Bridegroom
4. Matches Made in Heaven (an anthology of romantic shorts)
5. Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters from India (Box Set of The Malhotra Bride, Meghna & The Runaway Bridegroom)
6. The Madras Affair
7. An Autograph for Anjali
8. Tales of Sunshine (an anthology of human interest stories)
9. Her Smitten Husband (Marriages Made in India, Book #1)
10. His Drunken Wife (Marriages Made in India, Book #2)
11. Her Secret Husband (Marriages Made in India, Book #3)
12. The Casanova’s Wife (Marriages Made in India, Book #4)
13. Her Bohemian Husband (Marriages Made in India, Book #5)
14. Twin Torment
15. Finding Anya
16. Simha International (The Bansal Legacy, Book #1)
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Read the Excerpt from Writer Devika Fernando's book below and find the perfect dress for Jessica!
Jessica took a last calming breath, but it didn’t help at all. She had hardly ever been this close to hyperventilating before—the recent kidnapping and an occasional heavy thunderstorm being the exception to the rule.
Yet, something inside her propelled her on, forcing her not to topple on the 4-inch heels with silver straps and glittering diamonds. Hidden strength and determination came to the fore, and she clung to it fiercely, wanting her first public impression to be favorable. She couldn’t let Erik down, couldn’t let herself down.
Hadn’t she vowed to herself that she’d never be weak again? Here was another hurdle to jump and prove herself, and millions of people around the world had done far worse.
Plastering a smile on her face, she nodded at the liveried butlers framing the huge double doors as if she entered royal ballrooms every day, dressed in a gown costing a small—or not so small—fortune.
The two men in uniform bowed slightly, and she took it as a sign of success that they treated her like the other important, mostly aristocratic or at least powerful guests, although they had surely seen her before and identified her as a commoner. A commoner whose nerves were frayed and who was about to put her acting skills to the test.
Squaring her shoulders and then fussing with her silver silk stole for the nth time because she had never worn one before, Jessica walked through the high, wide door with its gold ormolu.
Her steps nearly faltered once she caught her first glimpse of the ballroom. It sprawled huge enough to hold a football field or two, the domed ceiling so far up it seemed to touch the sky. For a moment, she allowed herself to crane her neck and stare.
She knew that the grand ballroom was right at the heart of the palace complex, its rounded dome rising proudly above the other floors. The middle comprised of glass, and from it all the way to the walls stretched elaborate paintings. They showed what she presumed were scenes from a royal court of yesteryear, teeming with finely dressed figures, pillars and gurgling fountains. There was the odd life-sized horse and trellis of roses, mingling with chubby cupids and what looked like an almost biblical scene of saints and a church.
Insecurity rooted her to the spot. She fidgeted with the edge of her stole and it slid off. While rearranging it and shooting furtive glances around, hoping nobody noticed how out of her element she was, a thought gave her strength: Erik had ordered this gown to be made especially for her. And while he had told her about the significance of blue, he had leaned closer and whispered in a deep voice, “I want you to wear teal. It won’t come close enough to our shades to arise suspicion or be against decorum, but you will still be the only one even approximately dressed in the same color spectrum. And one day, you’ll wear blue by my side.”
He had run a fingertip over her sapphire pendant and then stroked her neck with it, leaning closer yet to press a kiss to her forehead.
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