Sunday, April 27, 2014

The LIGHT MY WORLD Tour: Last week! #99cents #kindle #decadentpub #Mauritius

Hey beautiful people!

It's been a whirlwind these past 3 weeks with Light My World's release and all the stops at the place sof these awesome, amazing, lovely people who have welcomed me to share the word about the book!

It's with a sad heart that I say 'goodbye' to the promo tour for Book 2 of the Island Girls Trilogy today...but before that, let me show you where we've stopped this week.



April 21 - Tessa Berkley welcomes me over with a delicious spotlight!

April 22 - my fantabulous CP & fantastic author, Jessica E. Subject, threw me a challenge for this stop: she wanted to know about Mauritius...but not as it pertains to the book only, but also as a touristic destination! Come check out some stunning, 'unknown' places to check out on my beautiful island!

April 23 -

The lovely Teri Riggs hosts me - I answer the question of "Why you should follow your heart" on her blog!

And total sweetheart Elizabeth Morgan has me over on her blog with an in-depth interview that delves into my writing process and more about what books mean to me.

April 24 - My former CP but still close friend, Chicki Brown, spotlights the book on her blog!

April 25 - Last stop on the tour... Landra Graf asks me over to her blog, Rise of the Slush. I pen a guest post about my rise from the slushpile - how you should follow your heart to write that story which will take you all the way to the sky!


And you can still catch both Light My World & The Other Side (Books 2 & 1, respectively, of the Island Girls Trilogy) at the reduced price of 99cents for a few more days on Kindle (Amazon US)
Here are the links:


From Mauritius with love,

Zee

Sunday, April 20, 2014

LIGHT MY WORLD Tour: Week 2 #decadentpub #99cents

Hey beautiful people!

Cannot believe it's been a week since I posted the last line up of the tour stops for this story! Time flies (...I know, I say that a lot... *grin*)

Anywho, it's been the second week of Light My World's release, and these amazing peeps have been helping me spread the word by welcoming me on their blogs. Why don't you check them out, learn more about Light My World, and discover those amazing authors, in the process?


Apr 14 - the lovely Inge Saunders from South Africa welcomed me for a no-holds-barred interview. Ahem, there might be TMI about me in there, but then, too, I'm living true to my Bollywood roots; Bollywood is always TMI!

Apr 15 -
Daily Dose of Decadence, the Decadent Publishing blog, welcomes me for a little behind-the-scenes peek at what life is really like for Indo-Mauritian girls when they reach, uh, a certain age...and hit the marriage mart! What's an agwa auntie, you may ask? Come on over and find out!

Jennah Scott hosts me, where I answer the question of, "Do Opposites Attract?" in relation to the romantic entanglements in Light My World.

The fantabulous Nana Prah does a little spotlight on Mauritius, and she also features the review she wrote for the book!

Apr 16 -

Tara Quan has me over on her blog....but I'm talking of something a little different and writing-related. How do you make stories become longer books? Come take a look -Tara says the rambling makes sense!

The awesome Taryn Kincaid features a spotlight with an excerpt!

Apr 17 - I stop by the super-sweet Thea Landen's blog to talk about the inspiration behind Light My World. Romcoms, anyone?

Apr 18 - awesomesauce Eva LeFoy brings me over to her place! We're talking about language differences there, especially when you've been raised in a multicultural setting and can handle a few tongues.


So that's where Diya and I have been this week!

Oh, and before you leave, I have a treat for you! Did you know...you can catch BOTH Island Girls books at 99cents each right now on Amazon? What you waiting for - go get your Kindle copy!!!

 
 
From Mauritius with love,
 
Zee
 



Sunday, April 13, 2014

The LIGHT MY WORLD Tour this week: where has it stopped?

Hey beautiful people!

Yes, I know - finally a post from me here (on my own blog...cripes!) But anywho, I've been hopping on some people's places this week for the release and promo of Light My World, Book 2 of the island Girls Trilogy.

So here's where I and the book have been! I hope you'll stop by these amazing peeps' blogs. We have interviews, excerpts, spotlights - I always love seeing how they're gonna take my ramblings and make it look like something worth reading!

Here we go:


April 8 (release day) - Lynn Spangler welcomed us on her blog. She asked me for a guest post, and after racking my brain, the words "write what you know" blinked like neon, and this became the topic for the post!

April 9 - Kathy Bosman interviews me! Uhm, cannot believe I wrote those answers that seem to make actual sense.... Oh, and there's 3 quirky things you might not know about me!

And April 9 also had my stop on the Decadent Ubuntu Blog Hop - I featured Light My World, of course (never seen before excerpt!), and wrote it all around the topic of overbearing Indian mothers whether in India or Africa!

April 10 - 2 stops!!

Tara Andrews asks me over - this one features on the research behind Light My World. I focused mainly on the setting/backdrop for the book!

Jane Wakely spotlights the book! And she features an exclusive excerpt!

April 11 - Interview at Leigh Ellwood's blog! Tons of fun with this one! Find out why Light My World was the 'easiest' book to write!

April 12 - Libby Waterford asks some questions - like why are Diya and Trent perfect for each other!


More to come next week, guys, but in the meantime, up there is where you'll find more about Light My World and about me!

Happy Sunday/weekend!

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Do Indian mothers get a bad rap the world over? DECADENT UBUNTU BLOG HOP feat. excerpt from LIGHT MY WORLD (Island Girls, Book2)

Hey beautiful people!

Today, I join hands with the other amazing Ubuntu authors (remember - Ubuntu is a line of romances geared to the African continent, a trailblazing line by the amazing peeps at Decadent Publishing).

And lo and behold, my very own second Ubuntu book, LIGHT MY WORLD, released yesterday! Since the topic for this blog hop is Pop Culture in Africa, it got me thinking.... The major thread in the book is the search for Prince Charming in a sea of frogs that even has an ogre in the mix...but pop culture abounds with the quest for Mr. Perfect. What's a different, if not unique, aspect of pop culture do I exploit in the book?

Light My World is Book 2 in the Island Girls Trilogy - the series follows the lives and loves of 3 sisters of Indo-Mauritian origin on the island of Mauritius during the 2000-2010 decade, and one of the things each sister has to put up with...is their super overbearing mother!

Has anybody watched the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Indo-Briton director, Gurinder Chada? Hers became Bride and Prejudice, and the Bennetts are the Bakshis, an Indian family with 4 girls to marry...and would you believe it, Mrs. Bakshi is as much a harridan as the original Mrs. Bennett was!
Cross over to the other hit movie by the same director - Bend It Like Beckham. Jess Bhamra, the heroine in that tale, wants nothing else except to play football like her idol, David Beckham...but there's, of course, an overbearing Indian mum at home that wants to dress her up in traditional clothing (shame on you for showing your legs to the world! Tchi!) and cook up dishes like Aloo Gobi so she'll be the perfect daughter-in-law prospect when the time comes for her to marry!

Check out any Bollywood movie or ZeeTV or Star Network soap opera, and you are bound to fall on a harridan-like Indian mother whose goal is a 'good' marriage for her children, especially the daughters!

It wouldn't be a mistake to say that there is now the Indian mother archetype in Bollywood and other such Indian-culture-inspired tales - yes, the Indian mum is that much of a permanent fixture of every Indian origin kid!

So is it a surprise, then, that my trilogy about 3 sisters of Indian origin has - you guessed it - a harrowing Indian mother? Back when The Other Side came out, I've had readers tell me they loved to hate on Mrs. Hemant in the story. Others said she brought a chuckle or two along the way, especially in Light My World.

Here's an excerpt that features her in Light My World, Diya Hemant's (the youngest sister) story:

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She loved her big, three-bedroom space. Basically, she loved having her own place. It’d been hell to wrestle with her mother for the permission to come live on her own, but in the end, Gayatri Hemant had given in when her determined daughter had used every trick in the book for her parents to yell, “Get your own place, for God’s sake!” Quite a feat to accomplish when parents hoarded their children until the offspring’s marriage tore them apart.

Her cell phone rang as the lift doors opened on the third floor.

“Speaking of the devil,” Diya said as she glanced at the caller ID. With a weary exhale, she picked up. “Hi, Mum.”

“Hello, sweetheart.” The shrill voice gushed her greeting. “I just called Lara, and she said you left to come back to the flat.”

She didn’t miss the reproach in the tone as her mother all but spat the word “flat” out. “It’s my home, Mum.”

Her mother sighed at the other end. “Diya, I thought you’d have realised your folly by now. Come back home. It’s not good for you to live all alone in such a large building. You don’t even have people close by if ever a problem should arise.”

She grimaced. She’d heard the same litany ever since she’d settled here. Lara had told her how nagging their mother could be, but Diya had never suspected their parent would harass anyone this bad. Even for her, who usually had no trouble to work around her mother and do as she pleased, it had become hard to put up with such relentless persecution.

Once onto the glossy black marble of the lobby floor, she focused her attention on stepping on the star-like reflections of the tiny lights from the ceiling. This time, something blocked her path. Cardboard boxes in front of the left flat.

Aha! “Mum, you’ll be pleased to know I’m no longer alone. New neighbours settled into the flat next door.”

Her tone lost some of its perkiness when she noticed the huge box labelled “Toys.” A family, all right. Out went the fantasies of the handsome, single stranger. The loss of that image echoed with a loud, wet splash in her mind.

Pulling herself out of the dejected thought, she concentrated on the conversation, if any talk with her mother could be called a conversation, at hand. “How are you doing, Mum? And how’s Daddy?”

“Oh, you’ll never believe this!”

Diya braced herself for the assault on her eardrums as the outburst continued.

“There were prayers today at Ruby’s place, and everybody was talking about your interview in WideView.”

WideView, the monthly lifestyle supplement of one of the local papers, had featured a three-page slot on a house ALIDA had decorated. The project had been their first break, commissioned by a friend of Ange’s mother, who had seen the scheme the two girls had done in the Marivaux family home in the inland, posh area of Floréal.

The interview in question amounted to nothing more than a few lines here and there in the body of the article. “I gather you’ve seen it, too. What do you think of the house?”

“Simply marvellous, sweetheart. It made me so proud to tell everyone my little girl had done all of it,” the older woman gushed, before she went quiet.

Something bad was coming. Her mother hadn’t buttered her up for nothing.

“You know, Vimla’s nephew just came back from England. He’s got a PhD in Econometrics from the London School of Economics….”

And he’s looking for a girl to marry. Diya didn’t need to hear her mother say the words. Good grief, when would this sick matchmaking game ever stop?

“No.”

“But Diya—”

“Mum, it’s no. Full stop. I’m not interested.”

The line went quiet, before she heard a huff.

“Fine, suit yourself. Just don’t say you never had a chance when you end up an old maid.”

She rolled her eyes despite the fury building up inside her like steam in a pressure cooker. “What’s so wrong with that? It’s your generation that needs a man for everything, Mother. Not mine.”

Annoyed at having lost her temper, and ticked by the quiet coming from the other end, she snapped, “Oh, forget it. I’m going. Kiss for you, love to Daddy.”

She pressed her forehead against the cool glass in the side panel of her front door.

Would her mother ever stop irritating the hell out of her? Not likely. Gayatri Hemant lived for torturing her daughters into culture and conventions.

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You might think I am exaggerating here, and taking creative license.... I'd say no, because Mrs. Hemant is actually based on - you guessed it again - my own mother! There's shades of all my (overbearing, too!) aunties in her - aunties who are all Indian mothers in their own right!

So, Pop Culture in England, USA, India, even Africa - Indian mothers remain the same the world over! And frankly, I don't think we'd want it any other way, because she's too much of a fixture of Indian life as we all know it (though, yes, she could get off our backs from time to time!)

Don't forget to check out the other authors in this tour! Here's the lineup

8 April - Kathy Bosman
9 April - Zee Monodee - Author's Corner
10 April - Nana Prah - Writing Romance and Loving Life
11 April - Inge Saunders - Inside These Lines
14 April - Kiru Taye Writes
15 April - Alissa Baxter
16 April - back at Kathy Bosman's for a final chance to enter.

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Want to read more about the my very own Indian-mother-invention? Here's where you can find my Ubuntu books:

Light My World (Island Girls #2)


The Other Side (Island Girls #1)

Amazon US (Ebook & Print) ~ Amazon UK ~ Amazon CA (ebook & Print) ~ Barnes & Noble (Nook & Paperback) ~ Smashwords ~ Kobo ~ AllRomance Ebooks ~ Decadent (ebook) ~ Decadent (Paperback) ~ Kalahari (Paperback)

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From Mauritius with love,

Zee
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