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It’s such a treat to welcome amazing author, Sinclair Jayne Sawney to the Spotlight! Not only is she a great writer, she’s also my editor and my friend, which makes today a triple treat! Sinclair is a former journalist and middle school teacher who holds a BA in Political Science and K-8 teaching certificate from the University of California, Irvine and a MS in Education with an emphasis in teaching writing from the University of Washington. She has worked as Senior Editor with Tule Publishing for over seven years. Writing as Sinclair Jayne she’s published fifteen short contemporary romances with Tule Publishing with another four books being released in 2021. Married for over twenty-four years, she has two children, and when she isn’t writing or editing, she and her husband, Deepak, are hosting wine tastings of their pinot noir and pinot noir rose at their vineyard Roshni, which is a Hindi word for light-filled, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Shaandaar!
Swipe Right for Marriage
By Sinclair Jayne Sawhney
I’m excited for the second book in my Misguided Masala Matchmaker series, Swipe Right for Marriage, to be released because it is a book heavily intertwined with my family in Charlotte. First, the story revolves around the Festival of India in Charlotte, North Carolina, and my sister-in-law is one of the founding members on the festival board. She has been in charge of the festival for over twenty years and has steered it from an afternoon of music, dance and homemade Indian food to a highly planned two-day weekend festival of cultural celebrations that includes lectures on culture and history and demonstrations of dance, music and cooking. There are artists, vendors and chefs and so much more. The Charlotte Festival of India is now one of the largest in the country.
It was so much fun to curl up on a couch and interview my sister-in-law about how the festival has evolved over the years—we never get enough time together. I kept trying to get some “drama” or juicy gossip, but my sister-in-law, Tulika is very calm and organized and takes dedication and details to an orbital level. She laughed at my efforts to draw her out until I saw a picture of a huge blue Ganesh on her phone. Ganesh is the elephant god. He is often depicted looking quite vibrantly festive, but I’ve never seen him blue. I asked why and suddenly she was talking about how the idol had been part of the wedding, and he’d been so difficult to carry to safety when the freak storm and tornado hit during the wedding demonstration. What? How had I not heard this? I had my moment.
The second reason to book is close to my heart is that the “wedding demonstration” that happens during the Festival of India in the book was real. My niece married a few years ago, and because my sister-in-law had traveled to India to gather so many wedding items (weddings are HUGE business in India and in the Indian culture—slow your roll, Kardashians), she decided to add a wedding demonstration to the festival, so my niece Reeva and her new husband Jon reenacted parts of their wedding as if they were Bollywood stars.
And a third reason I was excited to write Swipe Right for Marriage was because never have I ever written two such ambitious, competitive characters. My romance love was kindled so many decades ago first by Barbara Cartland (yes, aristocrats) and then Harlequin Presents (oooooh those alphas), but this was the first time I had written a true alpha male, so of course I wanted to give him an alpha female. So much fun. The sparks flew as they each vied for top dog position—so different from how I live my life but what a ride. The best part—all the “flaws” that the hero’s mother saw in the heroine that made her an unsuitable bride, were the things he LOVED best about her.
Who doesn’t want a hero who thinks you rock? And the cherry on top—it is a reunion romance with a secret I didn’t even see coming until close to the end.
Love that when my characters have minds of their own.
I hope you get a chance to read Swipe Right for Marriage. It releases September 20, 2022.
And now for the giveaway.
For anyone interested in receiving a signed print copy of book one in the Misguided Masala Matchmaker series, A Hard Yes, along with a few other goodies–$10 Starbucks card, chocolate, Ganesh key chain and possibly a surprise second book—I have a question for you. Do you have any personal or family lore stories about when a wedding, or special event was interrupted by weird weather, act of God, unexpected guest or something else that disrupted the moment?
Swipe Right for Marriage
Corporate attorney Shanti Kapoor is not falling into the arranged marriage trap her family has set. Too bad her skillful dodge is thwarted by her younger sister, who accidentally sets Shanti back in the sights of her law school nemesis and fiercest competitor, Rakesh Singh. She and Rakesh have a history she’d rather forget, but now she owes him a favor that Rake’s definitely collecting on. Worse, playing the part of Rakesh’s bride at Charlotte’s Festival of India dredges up emotions Shanti thought she’d forever buried.
Rakesh has goals far beyond the DA’s office in Charlotte and a strategy for every move he makes. He only hesitated once to chase something he desired—Shanti Kapoor. Not this time. Rakesh knows he’s got one shot, so when fate plays into his hands, he shamelessly seizes advantage.
Shanti and Rake are at the top of their game. Their chemistry is explosive and someone’s going to get hurt. But all’s fair in love and war—and with these two, it’s always been both.
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