22 February, 2020

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - What wouldn’t you do for a second chance with the one you love? by @shilpaauthor

*** Special Feature - February 2020 ***

About the Author:
A published author with Harlequin India, Locksley Hall and Juggernaut, Shilpa Suraj’s books have hit both the Hot New Releases and Bestseller lists on Amazon. Her next novel, tentatively titled ‘Wrong,’ has been contracted by Rupa Publications and will release later this year.
She is currently working on ‘Frazzled and Fabulous,’ a humorous, true-to-life parenting story that is part memoir and part nonfiction.
Shilpa has also been a panelist at the Womens Writers Fest and New Age Lit Fest Hyderabad and an active participant at the Hyderabad Literary Festival.
An avid reader with a passion for creative writing and storytelling saw her participating in writing competitions at school and dabbling in copy writing for an ad agency as a teenager. Ten years in the corporate space, including a stint in Corporate Communications for Google, India, and a spell at entrepreneurship all hold her in good stead for her multiple current roles of author, wife, mother and Head of Human Resources at an architecture and interior design firm.

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What wouldn’t you do for a second chance with the one you love?

Some of the most fascinating romances have originated from this question. Second chance romances are one of the most sought after tropes in romance novels for a very simple reason. With angst, betrayal, history – painful or otherwise, shared secondary characters and a detailed and colourful backstory, the resultant story can be nothing but magic.

My debut novel, The Girl He Left Behind, was a second chance romance. Not only because I love reading those but also because I loved the idea of bringing together two people who’d hurt each other brutally in the past and putting them on the path to reconciliation and redemption. The scope for both drama and an epic love story is immense.

One of my all time favourite books, Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas, is also a second chance romance. One that is truly magic. McKenna, the hero, will always have my heart.

But is it that easy to forgive and forget? It’s easy enough to write it but is it the same when you live it? Emotions are hard to control. What you feel or the characters feel, that’s raw and real. What you do about those feelings, whether in real or reel life, that’s what counts.

A good story, the one that makes you laugh and cry and live the character’s lives, is one that is believable and for that to happen, art has to mirror life. So, the characters suffer just like we would. They rage and cry and snipe at each other. Just like we would and in the end, they let love heal them. Umm, hopefully like we would?

Tropes like second chance and friends to lovers play to people’s secret fantasies. Most people have a friend they had a crush on but could never confess their feelings to or an ex they never truly moved on from. At the heart of it, they harbor hope…they wonder ‘what if?’

And that’s where the beauty of a well written story comes in. You live vicariously, you dream fantastically and you hope endlessly.

If you love a good second chance romance as much as I do, there is an anthology of seven amazing second chance novellas, including one by yours truly, releasing on Feb 14th. Something Old, Something New, the anthology, is the first of its kind, where we are doing full length novellas and not short stories. They are distinctive, entertaining and in many ways, heartbreaking.

I do hope you’ll read it, enjoy it and love it. If not, we’ll use a second chance to wow you anyway.

About the Book:
They meet under impossible circumstances!

She is kidnapped by terrorists blackmailing her father, a Supreme Court Judge. He leads the team sent to rescue her.

Trekking to safety through Ladakh... They are in danger of falling in love. But, Lt. Col. Arjun Rathod knows that Naina Ahuja, engaged to politics' rising star, is not meant for him.

Forever changed by her trauma, Naina walks out of her controlling family and forges a new life.

And then, she meets Arjun again. But this time, he is engaged to someone else.

Can they save their love or is it too late? 

Book Links:
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