Wednesday, 13 June 2029

Dee J Writes...


Welcome to 'Love @ First Write' - a blog for all books Romance!

Once upon a time, a girl wanted to write about falling in love. Growing up, she loved to read about a man falling head over heels in love with his woman, that always resulted in happily ever after. Soon, she decided to write her own versions of happily ever after and started penning them on a blog. Over several years, she found that readers, who later turned very good friends, devoured her stories. That's when she thought - why not write a book? Thus began Dee J's venture into sweet romance!

Indie Romance Cafe is the place where DJ talks about her books - past and future! You can also check out this space for some reviews of books that DJ liked, her reading list, and some exciting news from the Indie Romance world.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Mia and Armaan - Love @ Second Sight Book 3

Hello peeps...
It has been a while since I posted here and I hope you're all safe. While we are dealing with the new reality of working from home, homeschooling our kids, shifting our priorities, and dealing with a lot of uncertainty in general, it's also time to sit back a little and read that book you've always wanted to, or learn that skill you've been meaning to. I know not all of us have the luxury of time with so much going on in our lives, but try to take that little scoop of time for yourselves. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you!
Personally, for me, it has been a little difficult to deal with the changes that have come in with this pandemic. Thankfully, writing has been a savior during these tough times, and I'm forever grateful I can find some solace in this beautiful, creative art.
 Which brings me to the more exciting part of this post - Mia and Armaan. Yes, you guessed it right; the third book in the Love @ Second Sight Series - Wooed by Mr. Charming - is available in Amazon! What can I say? When I started the series, I knew Mia and Armaan were going to be this emotional, sweet mess waiting to find each other. And, that's exactly who they ended up being when I wrote this book.
Armaan is the quintessential playboy with an easy grin and a lazy charm while the serious Mia is a sweet, little baker. The first time they met, they ended up becoming each other's 'the one who got away'. However, fate decides to bring them back together. This time neither can stay apart. Of course, being the romance writer that I am, I had to ensure there was a lot of chemistry which eventually leads to all the fireworks!!!!
Wooed by Mr. Charming is now available in Kindle Unlimited. If you haven't caught up with this series yet, this is the best time to do so. Check out Seduced by Mr. Perfect, and Guarded by Mr. Handsome as well!
Happy reading! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and reviews. Take care of yourselves; stay home and stay safe. This too shall pass!


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Book Spotlight: Vengeance Due by Zoey Indiana

Print Length: 123 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance

Here's the link if you want to add this book to your TBR

A powerful resistance leader, a carefree playboy, and a romance so forbidden the world may not survive.

Nova has one goal in life, keeping members of the Resistance safe. After the dystopian government destroys her bar, Nova finds harbor in an underground colony, until they find that too.

Cay has the perfect life, the only man alive post virus with a planet full of women. As the government eliminates every threat, he must remain out of their grasp. After they ravage his home, Cay escapes with a woman he can't stop thinking about.

When Nova and Cay barely escape, the last thing they expect is to find love. Nova swears vengeance against the government, but Cay is almost captured and killed.

Can Nova and Cay survive to find a happily ever after?

If you love daring adventures, butt-kicking heroines, and couples defying the odds, then you won't want to miss out… Download Vengeance Due today to start your next delicious adventure!

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Zoey Indiana
Zoey Indiana is an Indie romance author who's inspired by the idea that everyone deserves love and their own happily ever after. She loves to write about heroic heroines who go on amazing adventures while finding the love they deserve. After creating her first fictional planet where amazing creatures roamed at age ten, she was determined to prove love could be found in the stars. In addition to writing, she listens to eclectic music, practices Krav Maga, and takes on home improvement projects just for the fun of it.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Book Spotlight: Gobsmacked by Sundari Venkatraman


Print Length: 133 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
Publication Date: March 29, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Romance

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The city bred Amit and the village-born Radhika fall in love at first sight, getting married three years later.

Looking forward to a wonderful life with her husband and family in Delhi, Radhika begins her new journey with stars in her eyes…

…only for things to come crashing when Amit’s mother Shanti ill-treats her. Hating her small-town daughter-in-law, Shanti is determined to break her son’s marriage from Day One.

And it looks like she has succeeded when Radhika leaves her husband one fine day, apparently giving him no explanation for her action.

While Radhika waits for her husband to pacify her and take her back, Amit is too hurt and upset to even contact her.

Will the heartbroken couple ever get back together? Especially after being separated for nearly two years? And even if they did, will Shanti let them live in peace?

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author with forty-six titles to her credit, which have sold more than 1.75 lakh copies around the world. Her books consistently feature in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon in both Romance and Asian Drama categories. Her latest romance novels have all been on the #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

As a child, Sundari loved to read books with ‘lived happily ever after’ endings. They were all about good triumphing over evil. As a teenager, her favourite books were romance novels from Mills & Boon. She was fascinated by them, so much so that she began to visualise the stories set in India.

Sundari was forty when she began her writing journey, completing the first draft of her first novel in thirty-five days. She has not looked back since.

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Monday, 30 March 2020

Fun Reads During Lockdown...

Hello, my lovely readers,

Hope you're all doing fine - well, as fine as you could be, given the circumstances. Most of us are forced to stay insides for our own safety and that of others. While some of us are quite busy managing our work and family all at once, there are many who might want to get distracted with a cozy read, to get some respite from the anxiety and uncertainty that's right now surrounding us. And that brings me to today's post - I have a few recos, a couple of my own favorites - from the Indie romance world. If you haven't read any or all of these, go ahead and give it a shot!

1. The Boarding School Series by Elizabeth Lennox - Hands down my favorite indie romance author, I am more than happy I stumbled upon this series from Ms Lennox. The Boarding School Series is a set of five books that feature the love stories of four, alpha men and one sweet woman who have known each other from their boarding school days. A hot Greek man, a tempting Sheikh, or that man with the sexy English accent? You have it all in this series. Ladies, you gotto try this one! You will not regret it for sure!!

2. Love Hate Relationship by Jessica Prince - Another author who I really love and is definitely a one-click, is Jessica Prince. I really can't decide which one to recommend, but I put up Love Hate Relationship because that was the first book that I read from her shelf. After that, there was no looking back. Just like the title suggests, this book is full of angst, cute, wit and heat! It's a quirky, funny, and a heart-melting love story between a best-selling author and his sassy personal assistant. When sass meets stubborn, won't sparks fly? Check out Jessica's site to get a glimpse of all her books!

3. The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman - This is a sweet love story set in India. What starts as a marriage of convenience, quickly ends up as a cute love story with a happily-ever-after between the protagonists. Written by the Indie romance queen, Sundari Venkatraman, this was the first book that I read of hers. Of course, I feel in love with this simple tale and the author's style. Check out Sundari's Amazon page to see all her books at a glance.

4. The Prince's Special Bride by Devika Fernando - If you're in the mood for some sweet, royal romance, you should definitely check out The Prince's Special Bride by Devika. Who doesn't enjoy a royal romance? First in the Romancing the Royals series, this is the story of the beautiful Marie who gets a chance to visit a palace and fall in love with her real-life Prince Charming, Christian. When she becomes the special bride, will her love for her prince conquer their issues? You can check out the other works from Devika, who writes lovely intercultural romance, here.

5. Past Marriageable Age by Sudesna Ghosh - Who said women have to marry and settle down at a certain age? Who set these rules in the first place? Sudesna has tarnished those age old expectations and pressure, and has woven this beautiful tale of an almost forty-year-old Koel who meets the love of her life, Ranbir. Is it possible to find love at that age when the society has already decided she's a hopeless cat women? This cute love story is a short, fun and a heartwarming read. Perfect to cozy up with a hot chocolate. I loved this novella and I am definitely picking up more books from this author's shelf. Sudesna writes lovely rom-coms that also feature quirky, furry cats. Hop on to her page to check out all her books.

Happy reading! Stay home, and stay safe! This too shall pass...


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The Cheese & Chutney Affair

If you're surprised by the title, let me tell you, so am I. A few months back, I never thought I would write a rom-com. No, my friends, I am not talking about romance. I am talking about romantic comedy, where one has laugh-out-loud moments! And then came my friend, D.R.Downer, who suggested we co-write a book. In his own words - "DJ, you write the 'rom' parts and I shall write the 'com' parts."

I don't know who wrote which, and who drove who mad, but the resulting book is almost here, just one step away from you. Releasing this Valentine's day, I present to you my fifth book that I've also co-written with the awesome D.R.Downer, 'The Cheese & Chutney Affair.'

If you thought romance is age-bound, and it's always butterflies and hearts at the sight of the other person, you couldn't be more wrong. C&C, as I'd like to call my latest, is the story of a bold and spunky South Indian girl and a proverbial, womanizing, Italian stud. Ah! Now the title makes sense, isn't it? But, the story doesn't stop with them. We have also thrown in a charming dad who'd kill any man who even looks at his daughter, and an adorable aunt who loves her son to the point of being possessive.

With such a combustible mix, will fireworks erupt sooner than later? Well, you gotto tell me that after reading this rom-com. C&C is available in Amazon Kindle now!

If this wasn't exciting enough, we have a giveaway planned with the release. Check out this link to participate in this giveaway!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

To New Beginnings...

2019 was an eventful year with two books of mine going out in a single year (first time that's happened ever since I started publishing). 2019 was also really special to me as an author because of several reasons. This was the year, I should say, when things fell in place, including my decision to take my writing more seriously and even consider getting into writing full time in the near future.

This was the year when I gained a very special friend in this writing world - the co-author of my next book and my editor. Yes, my books are now more polished now thanks to this wonderful person - D.R. Downer.

I also took time to learn the art of self-publishing a little more. Yes, I call it an art, since self-publishing is more than just writing. Covers, marketing, running reviews, all this and more! Little by little, I've ventured into each of these areas and have found some amazing friends in the process.

Oh, and how can I forget the revival of my blog? :) That also definitely counts since I am grooming this space as a judgement-free zone where we are going to talk about romance! So, to cut it short, 2019 for my writing was simply brilliant! I'd like to thank each and every one of you who've supported me in this journey. I hope you would continue to offer your support going forward too.

Here's wishing you a great start for 2020. May you achieve whatever you set out to! Happy reading, and look out for many exciting posts this year from Love@FirstWrite!

Dee J