Only Wheat Not White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Penning Publishing
Date of Publication: June 2, 2014
Number of pages: 262
Cover Artist: Shivangi Bhuta
What if following your heart means failing your family?
Eila Sood leaves India for the U.S., hoping to unite her family and mend fences with her estranged older sister. She soon learns that her sister’s intercultural marriage, which outraged their parents, has hit rock bottom. To help pay the bills, Eila accepts an accounting job at a strip club, working for the fascinating yet infuriating Brett Wright.
As their friendship and mutual desire builds, Eila chooses keeping family peace over following her heart. After Brett misinterprets her fears and accuses Eila of prejudice, his ex-girlfriend steps in to offer solace.
Eila realizes that whichever choice she makes will rip her life apart. What will Eila choose? Love of her life or a life ruled by tradition?
Fall in love with love, in this steamy saga from a best selling romance author.
Eila hurriedly shifted further into the wall, giving him more room to walk by. He didn’t.
“Hold on,” Eila shot to Megan. Turning the phone away from her, she hissed, “What?”
“You’re blocking the way,” he shot back, coolly.
“No, I’m not.” Eila gestured with her free hand.
The ogre moved nearer. Eila had to tilt her chin to meet his eyes fully.
“This is a passageway,” he stated.
“I don’t see a sign saying I can’t talk here!” Eila gave him a haughty look.
Unexpectedly the ogre leaned forward, bringing his mouth next to her forehead. “What is with you and signs?” he whispered, his blue eyes positively gleaming.
Eila felt his breath stir some sensitive spots. Uneasily, she shifted to the side trying to put some distance between them.
“Can you just leave?” she demanded. “Sorry.” The ogre looked anything but apologetic. “I gave you a few minutes, but going by the advice you are shelling out on the phone, it’s looking to be a long conversation.”
“You were eavesdropping?”
The Ogre shrugged his shoulders. “If you were expecting privacy, you should not talk in a passageway.”
“What is with you and the word passageway?” Eila mimicked him. “Is passageway your first name or last?”
His rejoinder was quick. “If you want to know my name just ask.”
“Don’t flatter yourself. My only point being-”
“What do I wear? Hello?” Megan was now shouting loud enough for even the Ogre to hear. For a second his expression was perplexed and then he muttered something under his breath. Eila only caught “…brings out weirdoes.”
A loose strand of her hair tickled her chin. Eila raised a hand to brush it off her face carelessly.
Unseen by her, the blue-eyed ogre let his raised hand fall. He experienced a quick pang of disappointment. His fingers were itching to know the texture of her skin. The girl in front of him maddened him. Tonight, the moment he had seen her in the bar she had become his sole point of focus.
He thought, who knows, if we keep bumping into each other like this, she might trip straight into my arms. And I will catch her and join that sexy mouth of hers with mine. The ogre swung his head as if to break his mind free of such fantasies.
“An author should know their character intimately, they should know their history, how they would react in a situation, they should know their look and mannerisms down to the smallest facial tick. Yet all of this need not be revealed to the reader.”— Aaron Miles, quote from On Character Construction
Character creation is one of the things that I love most about writing. It is like stepping into my favorite toy store and putting together my dream toy.
Authors create characters. We blow life into them, we make them sane, we make them crazy, we them funny or sad but most of all we them make them – real and unforgettable.
Character creation is the process of knowing your character inside out. For any author it’s important to know all characters like they are were someone you grew up with.
Being an author of four books and having created so many characters, it would be my honor to share with you all my character creation process. Pardon me if I get carried away while describing it, after all it is one of my favorite things about writing. My husband would probably accuse me of having a godlike complex. He could be right... or wrong.
Getting back to character creation, I first start by visualizing the features of my main characters– eyes, mouth cheeks, jawline and nose. Then I give them hair, height, style and quirks.
Next they are anointed with ambitions, goals, fear and desires. In the fiction world characters are real. This is a good place to sort of create a character graph for each of your character. What is her or his emotional state at the beginning of the story? Are they driving the plot or is the plot propelling them? How are they going to change as the story progresses? At climax where will they be and how will they be reacting?
As authors it is our job to create characters that leave readers with an insatiable lust to know them as well we do. Remember characters make or break a story. So make your characters three dimensional, bring them to life in your story and they will return the favor by making your book unforgettable. I hope you enjoyed the glimpse in the process of character creation. If any of you have questions about writing fiction, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try my best to answer them based on my own writing experiences of nearly a decade.
Varsha Dixit is the best selling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
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