A Convenient Marriage – shortlisted for a major award

Book Cover for A Convenient Marriage

I’m all aflutter this week as I can finally tell you the exciting news that A Convenient Marriage has been shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Romance Novel award! I’ve known for a few weeks, but January went on for soooo long.

I get to have my name mentioned alongside some of the most amazing writers whose books I’ve read and loved over the years. How exciting to see my book with it’s Sri Lankan diaspora characters and jokes about hair cuts next to these bestselling books too.

Even more exciting, I get to go down to London for the posh award ceremony. I’m really looking forward to that. Jenny Eclair is presenting the awards, I might even get to shake hands with her.

If you haven’t read A Convenient Marriage yet, it’s still 99p. It’s in ebook only at the moment, no paperback yet. If you read it, please leave a review.

A Convenient Marriage is out now!

Book Cover for A Convenient Marriage
A Convenient Marriage – a gay and a straight woman get married

This is the first book I wrote (even though it’s my third book to be published under the Jeevani Charika pen name and the 12th book overall!). It will always have a special place in my heart.

It was the perfect marriage… until they fell in love.

Chaya is a young woman torn between her duty to family and her life in the UK. While her traditional Sri Lankan parents want her to settle down into marriage, what they don’t know is that Chaya has turned away the one true love of her life, Noah, terrified of their disapproval.

Gimhana is hiding his sexuality from his family. It’s easy enough to pretend he’s straight when he lives half a world away in the UK. But it’s getting harder and harder to turn down the potential brides his parents keep finding for him.

When Chaya and Gimhana meet, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution to their problems. Together they have everything – friendship, stability and their parents’ approval. But when both Chaya and Gimhana find themselves falling in love outside of their marriage, they’re left with an impossible decision – risk everything they’ve built together, or finally follow their heart?

Book Cover for A Convenient Marriage

A Convenient Marriage is up for preorder

Book Cover for A Convenient Marriage
A Convenient Marriage by Jeevani Charika

It was the perfect marriage… until they fell in love.

Chaya is a young woman torn between her duty to family and her life in the UK. While her traditional Sri Lankan parents want her to settle down into marriage, what they don’t know is that Chaya has turned away the one true love of her life, Noah, terrified of their disapproval.

Gimhana is hiding his sexuality from his family. It’s easy enough to pretend he’s straight when he lives half a world away in the UK. But it’s getting harder and harder to turn down the potential brides his parents keep finding for him.

When Chaya and Gimhana meet, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution to their problems. Together they have everything – friendship, stability and their parents’ approval. But when both Chaya and Gimhana find themselves falling in love outside of their marriage, they’re left with an impossible decision – risk everything they’ve built together, or finally follow their heart?

A Convenient Marriage will be published by Hera books on the 13th of Nov 2019.

  • Sri Lankans living in the UK
  • Anxiety/depression rep
  • All the family drama
  • A marriage of convenience
  • Two HEAs

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This Stolen Life is longlisted for the Not The Booker Prize

Every year, around Booker Prize time, The Guardian newspaper runs a fun alternative competition for books that are recommended by readers. This year, This Stolen Life is on the longlist. The shortlist is decided by public vote – so if you’ve read This Stolen Life, I’d really appreciate your vote. Voting closes on Monday the 5th of August.

Here’s the link. You vote in the comments. https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2019/jul/29/not-the-booker-longlist-vote-now-to-decide-the-2019-shortlist

If you’d rather not, I’d appreciate a review on, well, anywhere, really. You reviews help other readers decide whether it’s the sort of book they’d like to read or not.

Thank you!

Jeev

Cover reveal! This Stolen Life

Book cover of This Stolen Life
This Stolen Life

Here it is! The beautiful cover for This Stolen Life!

Blurb:

Would you tell the truth, if it meant losing your one true love?

Soma is a shy young woman adrift in a strange new country. After moving from Sri Lanka to Yorkshire to become a nanny to baby Louis, Soma tries to settle into life in the U.K., even if every day presents her with a new challenge, from trying new food or getting to grips with the language. 

But the one thing Soma never counted on was falling in love. When she meets Sahan, a Sri Lankan student at the local university, the two feel an instant attraction. Meeting in secret so that Sahan can teach Soma English, their friendship quickly blooms into something more. But their differing backgrounds – Soma is from poverty, while Sahan is the son of a wealthy family and cousin to Soma’s employer – means they have to hide their love from the world. 

While they bare their souls to each other, Sahan has no idea that Soma is hiding a huge secret from him – but as her lies come crashing down, Soma is faced with an impossible choice. Should she tell the truth – even if means losing Sahan?

A moving, unique and utterly engrossing love story about how well we really know the person we fall in love with – fans of Amanda Prowse, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain will be captivated.

You can preorder it now (for only 99p!). It will be released on the 8th of May.

This Stolen Life will be published by Hera Publishing

This Stolen Life is the story of Soma, who runs away from her violent past to make a new life for herself in England.

I’m delighted to say that this book will be coming out in May 2019, published by Hera Publishing. You can read their announcement here: https://www.herabooks.com/news/hera-sign-womens-fiction-novelist-jeevani-charika-two-book-deal/


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I got the idea for This Stolen Life about nine years ago. I’d just finished The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins and was wondering what it could look like if you updated it to the present day. All I had was the first scene. The story that arose from it was nothing like The New Magdalen. I wrote several rom coms as Rhoda Baxter and finally came back to this story idea in 2016. Since we’d moved to East Yorkshire by then, I set the book in Hull.

Ah, but it’s a two book deal, you say. What’s the second book?

I’m working on that one right now. It’s about Chaya and Gimhana and an arranged marriage that went wrong.

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’d better get back to them.

Christmas At The Palace is out in paperback!

Christmas At The Palace is out in paperback! If you see it a shop (Hopefully, you’ll spot it in Asda…) please take a photo! I’d love to see the book out in the wild.

It’s the first book that has come out under my real name – and it’s SO STRANGE seeing my actual name on a book cover.

Here are some of the reviews (yes, the first one is from THE Katie Fforde!)

“Huge fun with a slightly different slant” Katie Fforde

“Written with a sure touch, and Jeevani’s characters leap from the page. I love Jeevani Charika’s writing!” Sue Moorcroft

“What a fantastic and fascinating read. A refreshingly different and thought-provoking romance.” Phillipa Ashley

“It’s a beautifully written fairytale romance where a Prince meets an ordinary doctor from Leeds, a daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants, and falls in love, but it’s so much more than that.” 5 stars – Review on Goodreads

“The perfect book to curl up on the sofa with!”  5 stars – Amazon review

“I could not put this book down once I had started.” Amazon review

“I was blown away. Such strong characters, and such a marvellously weaved story. It’s unpredictable, real, deep, and relatable.” Madhuka on Amazon

“There’s a brown woman on a royal romance cover!!! This was advertised on one of the many book emails I get and I was going to pass until I saw the heroine wasn’t white. Bought! Devoured it and enjoyed it a lot!” Goodreads review

I shall head out in a minute to go buy the traditional book release day treat of a pot of ice cream and some Lego.

I’m so excited!

[If you bought A Royal Wedding in ebook and are having trouble updating it to get Christmas At The Palace – I know there are some issues. The publisher (Bonnier) are working on it!]

Were you looking for me?

Hi

Thank you so much for coming to check out my site. This site only holds a little bit of information about my books written under the name Jeevani Charika. I also write under the name Rhoda Baxter and have another site www.rhodabaxter.com. That is an older, more established site. Keeping up with two sites is hard work, so I tend to spend most of my time on the other site.  So head over there for:

For readers:

Blog posts and book reviews

Guest posts from fellow authors – including the popular Inheritance Books selections

My other books!

 

For writers:

Articles/ writing advice

Info about my editing and mentoring services

Go over there and check it out now

See you there!

Thanks

Jeev