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Journeys – Part 2 by Devika Fernando

From Christina: Recently Sri Lankan writer Devika Fernando shared with us a few thoughts — and photographs — from her trip from the town of Kandy to the capital city of Colombo. Today, she continues her story, taking us on a different sort of journey.  Enjoy!

 

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Journeys – Part 2

by Devika Fernando

 

A while ago, I wrote a guest post about the arduous, exotic, nerve-wracking but also inspiring journey from Kandy to Colombo. This time, the journeys I discuss are not real-life ones in Sri Lanka, but just as chaotic and meaningful and filled with a tempting mix of positive and negative aspects.

Travelling has made me realize that each of my books deals with an inner journey and also involves a ‘real’ trip.

When I See Your Face

 External Journey:

The story starts with the heroine Cathy embarking on the most important journey of her life: She leaves behind her abusive husband to start from scratch in a small village. The change of places brings her closer to herself, gives her a breather from pressure, and makes her realize that life can be beautiful. She finds love – or does she? Destiny strikes again all too soon, which leads to another journey. This time, she settles down in a town that is a healthy middle-way between the city and the village from before.

 Internal Journey:

The switches of location aside, Cathy also undergoes major changes throughout the book. She transforms from beaten and battered and meek to being aware of herself, and wanting to tap into her potential. Slowly learning to trust again and to give herself as well as others a new chance, she grows up. Cathy finally takes matters into her own hands and fulfils her dream to start her cake business.

 

Playing with Fire

 External Journey:

Joshua is in town on a business trip when he rescues Felicia from a fire. What happens next is a clash of temperaments, elements and wills, and also more than a spark of attraction. Travelling has played an important role in Joshua’s life in the past. To find out more about that – and to get a hint at the final, decisive journey that both of them will make – you’ll have to read the book.

 Internal Journey:

Felicia starts out as a frustrated young woman, hiding a dark secret and burdened by a dull life of routine. When Joshua crosses her path, everything gets turned upside down. She realizes she needs to actively search for happiness and come to terms with her fire magic. The process of discovering and training her gift is filled with hurdles and challenges, much like a hike through the unknown wilderness. Ultimately, she will find herself and make a life-changing decision. Joshua also transforms, his journey leading him from loneliness and cold detachment to fascination, magic and even love and care.

 

Kaleidoscope of Hopes

(Coming in September)

External Journey:

The opening chapters introduce Nadia as a woman on the brink of losing her job, burdened by debts and a tragic past she’s hiding. When Lucas moves in next door, their fates are thrown together and they realize that they – and love – deserve a second chance. Trouble isn’t far away, however, and it makes Nadia flee the city. You’ll have to read the book to find out whether that is her last journey, and where and how they will find a happy end.

Internal Journey:

At first, Nadia is timid, quick to take the blame, tied to her past and as unhappy as can be. Lucas is lonely, too strict on himself and others, and also hiding a dark secret while trying to come to terms with being a father and falling hard for his new neighbour. Both embark on an internal journey that will leave them altered, opening up old wounds, facing their ghosts and working on self-improvement.

 Saved in Sri Lanka

(Work in Progress)

 External Journey:

This love story set in Sri Lanka circles around Sepalika, who works as a tour guide and falls in love with Irish Tourist Daniel. They spend seven days together on a round trip that changes everything. The exotic setting and travelling play an important role in enhancing the plot.

 Internal Journey:

Both protagonists learn a lot about themselves, about each other and about the respective country they’re from. Apart from that, they give real love a chance, and they realize that they are the main reason holding them back. Of course, there’s a dark secret causing trouble in the form of many rocks thrown into the way.



 

 

 

More from Devika Fernando

Journeys – Part 1
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About Devika

devikaAlmost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a German web content writer and as a translator. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing. Her debut romance novel, When I See Your Face, is now available at Amazon, as is her newly-released paranormal romance, Playing with Fire.

 

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25 Words or Less – April 2014

Spring has finally arrived! We all know, of course, that April showers will bring May flowers…but what to do on those rainy days and nights? How about curling up and falling in love with a good romance novel?

Here are more great titles — and quick little blurbs — to help you make the most of those delightful April showers.

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HappilyEverAfter_MEDHappily Ever After by Christina Cole

Sometimes fairy tales do come true.

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Please check out these titles from your favorite romance authors!

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When I See Your FaceWhen I See Your Face by Devika Ferando by Devika Fernando

Can Cathy trust a man to be part of her future who looks exactly like the man who ruined her past?

 

 

 

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To Love a Lady by  Lindsay DownsTo Love a Lady by Lindsay Downs

Having loved Lady Cara from afar, now by her side, will Lord Jack Harwick be able to keep her safe?

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A Most Unlikely Countess by  V L LoceyA Most Unlikely  Countess by V L Locey

Can a timid young woman find her happy ending with a world famous goalie?

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Artful Dodging by M S SpencerArtful Dodging by M S Spencer

Murders, misunderstandings, misfits, and misadventure—needlepoint artist Milo Everhart has her hands full. Can handsome lawyer Tristram Brodie prove to her that love conquers all?

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The Widowed Countess by Linda Rae SandeThe Widowed Countess by Linda Rae Sande

A sensual and fishy tale of a recently widowed countess, twin brothers, one of whom is a ghost, and true love.

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Portrait young beauty girl against black backgroundDancing with Temptation by Dilys J Carnie

Her trust in men is sorely blighted by past experience.He can’t understand what’s holding her back.

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Readers, please check out these books and let your favorite authors know how much you’ve enjoyed these stories.  Let everyone know! Your emails, comments, and reviews are appreciated.

Debut Author: Devika Fernando

From Christina: Today I’d like to welcome a debut author whose first novel was recently released. Devika shares her story of the step-by-step process of becoming a self-published author.

STEP BY STEP

My dear friend Christina has asked me to share a little about my journey towards becoming a self-published author. I thought long and hard about how to condense everything that comes to mind into something that makes sense, and here’s what I have come up with.

Left FootTHE FIRST STEP

In the broader sense, I have always been a writer. Almost as soon as I could spell and knew enough words, I put them together to write stories. Actually, my parents swear that when I was a tiny toddler, I didn’t use my crayons to draw stick figures and flowers and clouds, but to scribble illegible writing in rather neat lines. During my schooldays, I used to write poems and the occasional short story. When others said they wanted to become doctors and teachers and lawyers, I firmly insisted that I’d become a writer. To publish my own book one day has featured in my dreams for years and years.

Without boring you with more ramblings, what I mean to convey by this is: I believe that people who are writers just know. It’s inside their blood. Whether they have wanted to write since childhood or it just hits them in their late 40s, ultimately they have this strong bond with the writing side of their personality. If writing doesn’t come naturally to you and you don’t really WANT to write, it’s not your vocation. If it does and you do, then don’t repress it, because writing can be a wonderful way to deal with your life and can have a cathartic effect, whether as a hobby or a profession.

Right FootTHE SECOND STEP

Some years ago, it became clearer and clearer to me that more than a ‘real’ job, I would be successful with freelance work. While struggling first in Sri Lanka and then in Germany and then again in Sri Lanka to get a grip on life, I searched the internet far and wide for work-from-home opportunities and learned three things:

  • There are a million offers;
  • Almost all of them are fake, especially if they claim record income;
  • It’s best to really do your own thing.

Luck came my way when I found an agency that was looking for web content writers. I made a pittance with them for a year or so, but I stuck to it because I loved writing, because I learnt a wealth of useful things that I had never even known about – especially SEO and writing techniques – and because I now had a plan: to start my own writing business. In 2011, I quit my writing job for them and started on my own. It took some time and lots of effort, but ever since, writing articles for German customers has been my job. While I’m very glad about how well things go, I realized one thing: Writing like this – for others, without being given credit, without much flexibility and with internet marketing directing your steps – had somehow robbed me of my creativity. Gone were time and muse for writing poems or thinking up stories.

The lesson I learnt is that writing and writing are not the same. What I mean is that professional writing like articles for online shops are a totally different matter. I still love what I do and I’ll never give up on it, but I also need an outlet for the creative writer in me. Which is why I finally told myself to make my dream come true and focus on becoming an author of fiction.

Left FootTHE THIRD STEP

I didn’t just plunge ahead and risk drowning or being carried away by the currents. Instead, I read and read and read some more. I absorbed lots of writing tips, I followed other writers and I familiarized myself with all the important guidelines on story writing. All those ideas I had and the drive to just write-write-write got channeled productively by the new knowledge and experiences. Which is why I always reply with two things when somebody asks me for advice on how to become a successful writer:

  • Read as much as you can and write as much as you can.
  • Never stop learning and improving.

When I decided to self-publish, it seemed kind of terrifying. Again, there were lessons to be learnt and shadows to be jumped over.

I believe it’s important that on the one hand, you don’t lose your joy for writing and your own style as well as the focus on what you like – and that on the other hand, you are not afraid to ask for advice, to learn and to follow certain rules.

Right FootTHE FOURTH STEP

I don’t want to forget mentioning one part of my journey to becoming an author: crawling out of my shell. I am what you could call a loner, although I make friends easily and am blessed with some truly wonderful friends and a very supportive husband. Especially when it comes to my writing, I prefer to keep it to myself, to do things my way, and to view every single word as a piece of me. However, I soon realized that this wouldn’t lead me anywhere.

I need criticism. I need to share my work and discuss it with like-minded people. I need to interact with other authors and with potential readers. And once I had gotten over cringing when receiving feedback, sleepless nights wondering what others might think and the urge to let the perfectionist in me have the last say and change everything a hundred times, it actually proved to be fun. I’ve met some amazing people along the way.

So here’s what I think: Even if you don’t choose to self-publish, networking is going to play an important role. Get yourself and your work out there. So what if you earn a negative review or the only ones who buy your book at first are your friends and family? If it’s good enough for you and you have faith in yourself and you are open to what the writing world has to offer, carry on.

I went through phases full of doubt and sometimes I’m too busy to properly focus on my creative writing, but I have never and will never give up. Ultimately, that is probably the one thing I like most about myself, that I’m a fighter. In my eyes, almost every writer is. We fight against prejudice and unfair payments and social norms, and above all we fight with our own insecurities holding us back. But it’s a fight that can be won.

DevikaAbout Devika Fernando

 Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a German web content writer and as a translator. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

Her first romance novel, When I See Your Face, is now available at Amazon.com. For more information, visit Devika at her website:

DEVIKA FERNANDO

25 Words or Less – March 2014

March is here and spring is right around the corner. It’s been said that all young men’s thoughts turn to love in the spring, so be prepared!

Here are more great titles — and quick little blurbs — to help you get ready for spring fever and thoughts of love.

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IrresistibleIrresistible by Christina Cole

He dared her to dream again…but can she believe his words of love?

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Please check out these titles from your favorite romance authors!

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Pink Pucks and Power PlaysPink Pucks and Power Plays by V L Locey

Will curvaceous reporter Viviana Land go through with her expose about Wildcats defense-man Alain Lessard, or will love give Viviana`s career plans a body check?

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TheBullRiderandtheBaby by Jeanine McAdamThe Bull Rider and the Baby by Jeanine McAdam

Can a concussion-prone bull rider find love with a pregnant neuroscientist? Maybe, but it would be easier if she wasn’t pregnant with someone else’s baby.

 

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A Taste for Killing by H K SterlingA Taste for Killing by H K Sterling

Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart find they are surrounded by murder on every side.

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The Grace of a Duke by Linda Rae SandeThe Grace of a Duke by Linda Rae Sande

Can time heal all wounds? Due to his extensive scars, a duke refuses to marry his intended until an earl shows up to claim her.

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Leather and Lace by Erica SutherhomeLeather and Lace by Erica Sutherhome

Angie fights the overwhelming desire she feels for Patrick, but there are some things in this world you can’t fight – rare kinds of attraction.

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A Saint's Salvation by Beverly OvalleA Saint’s Salvation by Beverly Ovalle

Angel’s life changed the minute Saint saved her from a grenade. Now, Saint has a second chance to prove he’s the man for her.

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The Masked Lady and the Murder by Lindsay DownsThe Masked Lady and the Murder by Lindsay  Downs

A Viscount and brother murdered. With the assistance of a beautiful lady, can Lord Markson bring the killer to justice?

 

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Tree Change by Tea CooperTree Change by Tea Cooper

Forced to choose between the world she wants and the man she loves, Cassia opts for fame and fortune…but will it be enough?

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Harper's Wish by Krista AmesHarper’s Wish by Krista Ames

When a Santa’s Mailbox mysteriously appears at the post office, postmistress Harper wonders what it could hurt to send her own letter to Santa.

 

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Totally Devoted by E M BannockTotally Devoted by E M Bannock

Can a modern independent woman find love with a strong-headed traditional man? Will her career as an x-rated author get in the way?

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Tempting Clover by Decadent KaneTempting Clover by Decadent Kane

 Breaking a goblin’s curse is more difficult than Clover thought. Especially when love and nightshade are crucial ingredients.

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Timeless Knight by Tori JamesTimeless Knight by Tori James

If you could live forever…what would you choose to live for?  He chose love.

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Coming to Terms with Love by Dilys J CarnieComing to Terms with Love by Dilys J Carnie

Will her past destroy her future! Or will it be the start of something special?

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Valentine Masquerade by Margaret SutherlandValentine Masquerade by Margaret Sutherland

In the game of masquerade, Caitlin and her prince are swept away by fantasy. In reality, can they ever overcome the obstacles to true love?

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Ghost Lover by Liza O'ConnorGhost Lover by Liza O’Connor

Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?

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Love Reawakened by Shelli RosewarneLove Reawakened by Shelli Rosewarne

Emma needs to find an escaped zombie. With lives on the line, the only person who can help is the man who broke her heart.

 

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When I See Your FaceWhen I See Your Face by Devika Ferando by Devika Fernando

 Can Cathy trust a man to be part of her future who looks exactly like the man who ruined her past?

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Seducing His Heart by Jean JoachimSeducing His Heart by Jean Joachim

Marriage-phobic Whit Bass moves across the hall from sexy baker, Bess Cooper. Can she seduce his heart with a mocha layer cake and a pug?

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Sexy Bea Spelling by Davee JonesSexy Bea Spelling by Davee Jones

Bea returned to reality and wanted to leave Andrew behind. An odd coincidence led her back to him. This time, she had nowhere to run.

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Bug Stuff by Vicki Batman

 Bug Stuff…and Other Stories by Vicki Batman

From sassy writer gal comes a romantic comedy collection, Bug Stuff…and Other Stories. Included are: “Just Desserts,” “Bug Stuff,” “With This Ring.

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Readers, please check out these books and let your favorite authors know how much you’ve enjoyed these stories.  Let everyone know! Your emails, comments, and reviews are appreciated.