On July 2 – we launch Shobhan Bantwal’s virtual tour for her latest book… The Reluctant Matchmaker.
If you like interesting fiction, getting a glimpse into other cultures, strong female characters, and a fresh approach to issues and concerns for women in the 21st century – you need to read books by Shobhan Bantwal. Her books are called Bollywood in a Book and provide many interesting insights in Indian culture and traditions, while showing us the struggle to merge two worlds.
We’re still adding a few more hosts to this schedule… you are welcome to visit any of the links below to learn more about Shobhan Bantwal and The Reluctant Matchmaker -
The Reluctant Matchmaker – Schedule
Thursday July 5 – Yvonne Walus shares an excerpt from The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on her blog – http://yewalus.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/reluctant-matchmaker.html
Friday July 6 – Susan Heim shares her review for The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on her website — http://susanheim.blogspot.com/2012/07/book-review-reluctant-matchmaker-by.html
Monday July 9 – Carolyn Howard Johnson shares details about The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on her blog – http://bookpromotionservices.com/2012/07/09/new-book-review-shares-reluctant-matchmaker/
Tueday July 10 – Margay features and shares her review for The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on her blog – http://moonlightlacemayhem.blogspot.com/2012/07/reluctant-matchmaker-by-shobhan-bantwal.html
Wednesday July 11 – Nancy Eriksen shares her review for The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/2012/07/reluctant-matchmaker.html
Thursday July 12 – Dianne Ascroft shares her review for The Reluctant Matchmaker and an interview with Shobhan Bantwal on her blog – http://dianneascroft.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/definitely-not-reluctant-to-read-shoban-bantwals-new-novel/
Friday July 13 – Joyce Anthony shares her review of The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on the Books and Authors website – http://www.lovecoachjourney.com/1634/review-the-reluctant-matchmaker-by-shobhan-bantwal/
Monday July 16 – Learn more about The Price of Love from Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Reluctant Matchmaker – http://www.lovecoachjourney.com/1630/the-steep-price-of-love/
Wednesday July 18 – Allizabeth Collins share a guest post from Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Reluctant Matchmaker, on her blog – http://thepaperbackpursuer.blogspot.com/2012/07/guestpost-shobhan-bantwal-mismatched.html
Thursday July 19 – Chris Redding shares her comments about The Reluctant Matchmaker and her interview with Shobhan Bantwal on her blog http://candidcanine.blogspot.com/2012/07/bollywood-author-shobhan-bantwal.html
Friday July 20 – Gillian Pritchett shares her review for The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on her blog http://www.gillianpritchett.com/the-reluctant-matchmaker/
Friday July 20 – Review for The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on her blog http://www.thebusinesslaunchpad.com/the-reluctant-matchmaker/
Monday July 23 – Wayne Hurlbert shares his review for The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal on his blog – http://www.blogbusinessworld.blogspot.ca/2012/07/the-reluctant-matchmaker-by-shobhan.html
Wednesday July 25 – Are you still trying to decide whether to order The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal? Well, we’re going to share the first chapter to see if that will nudge you to goahead and order your own copy – Chapter 1 of The Reluctant Matchmaker is posted here for your reading enjoymenthttp://www.learntosellmorebooks.com/chapter-1-the-reluctant-matchmaker/ and you have a chance to meet some of the primary characters.
Thursday July 26 – Susan Wingate shares an excerpt and details about Shobhan Bantwal and her latest book, The Reluctant Matchmaker - http://susanwingate.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/my-guest-today-shobhan-bantwal-author-of-the-reluctant-matchmaker/
Friday July 27 – A look at Shobhan Bantwal – author of The Reluctant Matchmaker -http://paradox-theangelsarehere.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/a-look-at-author-shobhan-bantwal.html
Thursday August 9 – Lisa Haselton shares her interview with Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Reluctant Matchmaker – http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com
Primary topics in the book -
- Unusual romance between a petite woman and a remarkably tall and big man
- Arranged marriage
- Cultural divide between two ethnic immigrant groups (Hindus and Muslims)
- Indian-American immigrant experience
- Second-generation immigrants’ struggle to fit into two diverse cultures
Some Ways to Participate in This Tour
- Written interviews – host sends questions in writing for you to complete
- Radio shows
- Writing guest posts (see some suggested topics below)
- Review of the book
Contact nikki @ nikkileigh.com to participate in this tour
Some Suggested Topics for Guest Posts
- Saris and Spices
- Arranged Marriage
- Kama Sutra
- Sex & the Sari
- Bollywood’s Influence
- Writing-related topics
- Heroes & Heroines with character flaws
About The Reluctant Matchmaker
It starts with a bizarre accident. Petite and successful Meena Shenoy’s contented life turns upside down when she collides, literally, with her strikingly tall boss, Prajay Nayak, and suffers a nasty fall. But when she discovers that he’s a bright, caring, family-oriented man, she’s attracted to him. When he unexpectedly asks her to meet him in secret, she wonders whether he feels the same way about her.
Meena walks into his office that evening with high romantic hopes. Imagine her shock when instead of declaring interest in her Prajay makes an astonishing request: He wants her to craft a personal ad that will help him find a suitable wife – a statuesque, sophisticated Indian-American woman who will complement his striking height.
Despite her feelings for Prajay and the complications of balancing work and her “marriage consultant” role, Meena can’t refuse the assignment, or the generous fee attached to it. While she nurses her bruised heart, Meena comes to some surprising realizations about love, tradition, and the sacrifices she will—and won’t—make to fight for the man she loves.
About Shobhan Bantwal
Shobhan Bantwal is an award-winning author of six multicultural women’s fiction books with romantic elements and numerous short stories, branded as “Bollywood in a Book.” Her articles have appeared in The Writer magazine, Romantic Times, India Abroad, India Currents, and New Woman. The Reluctant Matchmaker is her latest novel. Shobhan lives with her husband in Arizona. Visit her online at www.shobhanbantwal.com to learn about her books, trailers, contests, photos, recipes, and more. Visit her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ShobhanBantwal.author
Contact nikki @ nikkileigh.com to participate in this tour
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