Thursday, April 16, 2015

Straight Chatting from the Library - Variables of Love

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding three separate prizes: a $20 Amazon or B/N GC, a $10 Amazon or B/N GC and an ecopy of Variables of Love, to the randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child? I’ve always loved the Velveteen Rabbit – you’re not real until your loved. I think it teaches some valuable lessons.

Tel l us about your current book in 10 words. This is a story of cultural expectations challenging true love.

E-Reader or print? and why? E-Reader for several reasons. It’s instant gratification and I read more than ever. The books are cheaper so I can buy more. There is less physical space needed and therefore much easier to store and organize my massive library. And librarian Judith will be happy to know I no longer need to dog-ear pages! Of course, I do miss the smell and feel of a fresh book in my hands. Every pro has a con.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much) I’m sorry Judith. I want to be a bookmark, but honestly, I’m a dog-eared kind of girl. At least I have a Kindle now so you don’t have to worry about me…much.

Favorite book you've read this year? Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan. I don’t say this lightly but it’s a truly epic read.

Favorite genre? It’s always been romance for me. I snuck my first romances in a harrowing journey from the public library to the safety of my bedroom. I’d often read them in a dark closet by the glow of a weak flashlight. Yes, I did risk my eyesight to get to that happily ever after moment.

Re-reader or not? I’m not and I know this might not be a popular answer, but this is my take on the subject. There are too many awesome books out there to re-read one. I would rather read something new and support an author with my limited time than re-read a book.

What would make you not finish a book? If it becomes dull or there’s something disturbing about it like racism or glorified rape. Luckily, I read reviews and warnings so there have only been a few books I did not finish. I even try my level best to finish the ones that become dull to me. You never know when they turn shiny again.


Meena Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She's in her senior year at Stanford where she'll graduate summa cum laude, and then she'll begin her interviews...her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she's never questioned that she'll have an arranged marriage like all the generations before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan's sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn't know were possible outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn't hurt that he's charming and has the uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation makes no sense in the real world.

Ethan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small at first - to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve the ultimate equation to find happiness.


“You’re a math major, so you understand the importance of balance. Every equation has to equal out, and we don’t. Not on any level. We don’t fit. Not as anything. Not even friends. Do you understand?”

Ethan’s eyes lit up, and his sexy lips curled in a playful smile. “I can’t lie. You’re turning me on something fierce with that math analogy, especially one so Euclidean in nature. Honestly though, I can’t say I understand since correlation does not equal causation. If anything, mathematics provides logic for my argument.”

“How so?”

“A and B are different variables, but together they always equal C, right? A and B are rarely equal. You’re implying that you and I are on opposite sides of the equation, but we’re not. We are both on the same side, working toward C. C represents the culmination of our friendship. But Meena, if we’re not friends, then we’ll never find C, will we? Don’t you want to solve for C?”

He held out his hands in some sort of invitation to me. It was so adorably sexy I almost forgot my point. He is actually turning me on…with math.

I shouldn’t have brought up math to a math major. “Sometimes C has no solution.”

“Every problem has a solution.”


I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but in the dark of night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, reading or writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is!

I started imagining stories in my head at a very young age. In fact, I got so good at it that friends asked me to create plots featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as the hero. You've heard of fan fiction... this was friend fiction.

I hope you enjoy my stories and always find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor. love hearing from readers so please write to me!

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  1. Another great excerpt. I really liked it.

  2. The impressive cover is what I like the most from today's post.