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Introducing India's Brand New Harlequin Mills & Boon Author - Ruchi Vasudeva

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Ruchi Vasudeva to MBB today.  Ruchi is the author of the brand new Indian HM&B novel BOLLYWOOD FIANCE FOR A DAY.  At the moment, it's available only in India, but we hope it will be available internationally very soon.


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How does it feel to be a Harlequin Mills and Boon author?
Great. Fabulous. Gorgeous. *smile* There are really no words to describe the feeling of being published and even less when it's with a world renowned publisher like Harlequin. HMB is the leader in romance genre and it's wonderful that they are giving opportunity to the Indian writers to come forward via the Passions contest. Winning this contest was a pivotal point in my writing career which finally led to the snapshot moment when I could actually hold my book in my hand. It was extremely thrilling.

As you are a doctor, would you like to write medical romances?
Yes definitely. For one thing I won't have to do the research! I have had to do a lot of it for the Bollywood background in my book though the heroine is a doctor so some medical part does creep in. For some reason my muse has been concentrating on Bollywood stories but when the right one strikes me I'd love to write a medical. Used to enjoy reading those a lot, especially the ones by Sonia Deane.

How did you feel when you saw your book cover for the first time?
I absolutely loved it. I was in such a hurry to see it. Cue me reading the email that the book cover had been sent and then being unable to open the attachment in my phone! I could hardly breathe as the laptop started up and was in a tizzy till finally it was revealed. But have to say it's more than I could've imagined. Really grateful to everyone involved.

Can you sum up your book in a Tweet?
Hmm I'll try. Here goes : "Seeking distraction, she dates a brash Bollywood star, not knowing that a glimpse into his human side will only deepen her troubles."

Future plans?
Writing and more writing. :) My second book, that is Vishakha's sister's story, will be out in December. I have a short featuring in an anthology to be published by Harper Collins India by the year's end. I'm working on a couple of ideas, let's see which pans out for next manuscript.


The man of her Bollywood dreams

Winning the chance to meet the ultimate Bollywood heart-throb, Zaheer Saxena, is just What Vishakha needs to take her mind off her recent humiliation - being jilted the week before her wedding! And when gorgeous Zaheer offers to be her fake fiance, the chance to save with her family is just too tempting...

It's a deal that benefits them both - Zaheer is warding off any unwanted female attention until his next film is finished; but can Vishakha trust herself not to hope that her dream fiance for a day will her forever man?

Get it her in India: Flipkart  Infibeam

Hopefully, the ebook version will be available internationally soon.


  1. Hi Maria. Congrats, Ruchi, on your book release. Why is it that the computer/mobile phone freezes up just when you need it to work? I could so relate with your situation. :D Good luck with your writing!

    1. Thanks, Adite. Yes it does happen with annoying regularity. Good luck to you too! :)

    2. Yes, that happens to me too, Adite. Very frustrating....

  2. Thanks for a lovely introduction, Maria. So appreciate your putting it up in spite of being busy. :)

  3. Great post Maria and Ruchi. The book sounds wonderful, I am looking forward to it becoming available internationally :-) x

    1. Hi Teresa, thanks for stopping by to say hello to Ruchi....

    2. Thanks, Teresa! Lovely to 'meet' you here. I hope it will be soon :)

  4. Hi Ruchi and Maria. Congratulations on the release of your book! Welcome to the Harlequin author stable and congrat's on a great cover too :)

    1. Great to see you over here, Helen.

    2. Thanks, Helen! Great to be part of it :) I'm over the moon over the cover, glad you like it too!

  5. Hi Maria - great interview!

    I totally enjoyed reading Bollywood Fiance for a Day and I'm eagerly waiting for Vishaka's sister's story! Good luck and cheers! :)

    1. Hi Tia, great to see you here! Many thanks for the lovely wishes. Hope you'll like the second one too :)

  6. Hi Ruchi and Maria!

    Living so far away from India, we crave stories from India and especially Bollywood. So looking forward to reading your story! Congratulations!

    All the best!


    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. Hi Nas, it's true so many people love Bollywood and as a fan I just love to write about it :) Thank you!
      (had to delete earlier comment because of a spello, so annoying.)

  7. Great post, ladies.

    Congratulations on the publication of your book, Ruchi - I'm really looking forward to reading this, so I hope they hurry up and make it available in the UK soon.


    1. Oh thank you, Suzanne, I hope they will and that you'll enjoy it! Though as a debut author, very nervous too :)


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