My First Facebook Live Author Event

Today I’ll be hosting my first live Facebook Discussion session for Mystery Thriller Week. It’ll run from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, today evening as per IST (Tuesday, 21st Feb, 9am-10am as per EST). If you wish to know more about my upcoming release, Deceived, or my next novel, Sinister Town, or if you love Mystery & Thriller genre then do drop by to sayhello and have fun discussions about mystery/thriller books and movies.

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If you wish to know more or have any questions, feel free to comment below.

Here’s the link to the Event: Power Hour Host – Heena Rathore P.

 

Ciao!

First Exclusive International Giveaway for Deceived

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I am hosting my first ever international giveaway for Deceived ARC! But wait, it’s an exclusive giveaway, which means there are terms and conditions – This giveaway is EXCLUSIVELY for my Newsletter subscribers!

So you need to be subscribed to my Newsletter in order to be able to participate in this giveaway. But that’s not a problem because this giveaway is open to new subscribers as well. So all you need to do is to subscribe to my monthly Newsletter and read the latest Newsletter in order to find out the details of this giveaway.


deceived-finalHow well do you know your loved ones? 

A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?

Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.


There are a lot of perks to becoming my Newsletter subscriber, for example, new subscribers receive a free copy of my mini-ebook – Writing Manifesto, they get exclusive and fresh news about my books and also receive writing inspiration, prompts and other writer-ly stuff in their inboxes once a month!
You can also read this post to know more about what my Newsletters are all about: My NEWSLETTER.

In order to get access to all these awesome stuff and/or to enter in this AMAZING Giveaway(!), you can subscribe to my Newsletter here: SUBSCRIBE

The giveaway is open until 25th February only! So hurry up!

I’ll be announcing the winner on 28th February in the February Newsletter. The winner will be chosen randomly by either a chit system or by a random name picker program. And the winner will receive a PAPERBACK ARC (advance reader copy) of DECEIVED!

So what are you waiting for – SUBSCRIBE, ENTER & WIN!

10 Questions To Help You Determine The POV(s) For Your Story

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Choosing the main Point Of View(s) for your story is either the simplest or the hardest thing you’ll ever come across while writing your book. Determining the voice which narrates or unfolds your story is a tricky thing because if you select the wrong one your story is doomed.

Sometimes (a few precious instances), you don’t have to think about the POV because either you already have it figured out even before starting the story or know which one comes more naturally to you, the one that suits your writing style and feels like the perfect fit for your story. If you find yourself in this situation then consider yourself very lucky because otherwise, you might have a very hard time figuring it out.

question-1243504_640Rest of the time (i.e., for the majority of your writing career), you won’t know how to go about determining the POV for your story. This happens mainly due to the unyielding need for perfectionism. You want your story to be perfect (obviously!) but you can’t figure out which should be the main or the central voice that tells the story.
Ideally, more than half of the times the answer lies in using multiple POVs, but that comes with another set of problems that I’ll be covering in my next article relating to POVs. But what if you don’t know which multiple POVs to use?

When stuck in the latter situation, you’ll find yourself in a dark endless pit which will drive you to the brink of giving up, and we certainly do not want that. So to make the process of selecting the perfect POV(s) for your story, I’ve come up with a list of 10 questions that you need to ask yourself in order to get the answer to your POV worries.

The 10 Questions:

  1. How much you want to reveal? And how much you want to hold back?
  2. Whose perspective will be interesting for the reader?
  3. Who’s in the middle of most of the conflicts?
  4. How much information about the plot/story you want to reveal?
  5. How much information about the character you want to reveal?
  6. How it’ll affect the pacing of the story?
  7. What are you comfortable with? First person? Second Person? Or Third Person?
  8. How’d you like the reader to perceive your character and story line?
  9. Are there any parts of the story that need to be shown through different perspectives or through scenes that don’t have the main POV character(s) in them?
  10. How many stories are you trying to tell? And are these stories a part of the main story?

The process doesn’t end here. Once you’ve asked these questions to yourself, it’s imperative that you don’t only answer these questions truthfully but also try to understand them in detail so as not to mess it up. Once you’ve laid out the answers, 99% of the times you’ll be able to figure out the POV(s) for your story. The remaining 1% is your gut feeling which will either confirm your decision and make you feel like you’ve conquered the world or (at it happens to me most of the times) will make you doubt everything you just did and will force you to repeat the entire exercise again (and again, till you get it right.)

If you want my advice, never ignore the gut feeling. Otherwise, you’ll regret it later on.

Watch my video podcast on 10 Questions To Help You Determine The POV(s) For Your Story:

If you have any doubts regarding this post or want to share your experiences or anecdotes then please leave a comment below.

Further Reading:

Mystery Thriller Week (MTW) 2017

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In late 2016 I was lucky enough to be contacted by Vicky Goodwin, one of the organizers of Mystery Thriller Week, the biggest event of the Genre, to check out this awesome event. When I did, I was sold and the very next day I signed up there as an Author.

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There are so many writers, authors, bloggers, reviewers, readers, writing mentors, etc. participating in this genre that it’d be a crime for a Mystery lover to not be a part of this online event. I wanted to do a post on this earlier, but due to time restraints, I wasn’t able to (I just hope that it’s not too late for new participants to join in.)

If you love Mystery (of any kind) then do visit Mystery Thriller Week’s Website and join in! There are so many amazing books that are offered for reviewing that I’m sure all the bloggers and reviewers will have a blast (Ofcourse, Deceived is also one of them, so don’t forget to check it out! To know more about the event check out their About page.

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I’ve even booked a slot for their Facebook Author Chat Session on 21st February (Tuesday) 9 AM to 10 AM (EST.) Don’t forget to drop by, especially if you’re reviewing Deceived in the coming months.

Hope you guys are having a great week.

Ciao ❤

2017 Resolutions

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This is the third year I’m doing a ‘Resolutions’ post, so I feel like it’s kind of becoming a ritual now. And I like it as it helps to be more productive.

Every year I complete a few resolutions and forget some, but this year I’ve decided to go through the list of my previous resolutions that weren’t completed and resolve to complete them this year. So 2017 is going to be special as I’ll be doing all the things I’ve been wanting to do from last 2-3 years.

Here’s my list of resolution for this year:tumblr_nikl8pxddz1tq4of6o1_500

Writing:

  • Complete Sinister Town and hand it over to the editors at Citrus Publishers
  • Get the first half-draft ready for Princess Nymeria series and if possible write the first draft for the first book too
  • Write 10 new short stories (for Blogbattles)
  • Edit the old short stories
  • Carry on the short story series I started (all 3 of them)
  • Write 1000 words 5 days a week
  • Get a short story published in a mag
  • Be regular in emailing my writing accountability partnergiphy-3

Reading:

  • Complete 90 books this year
  • Read at least 12 classics, 25 NetGalley books and finish off all the books I’ve already bought (the ones sitting on my bookshelf) – RMFAO Challenges
  • Read more technical books on writing
  • Read at least 1 biography
  • Finish all the review backlogs200

Blogging:

  • Post more reviews (old and new both)
  • Blog more often (at least twice a month)
  • Make more podcasts
  • Work on YouTube channel
  • Post more fiction stories and flash fiction pieces
  • Start visiting all the blogs and start reading them regularly (like every Sunday or something like that)
  • Create 2 new short ebooks for Newsletter subscriberstumblr_lh3ipufpgo1qavbn4

Miscellaneous:

  • Watch at least a dozen psychological thrillers (both old and new)
  • Finish Sherlock Holmes, Van Helsing, Under The Dome, Shadow Hunters and other series that I’ve started on NetFlix
  • Take guitar classes (this is already started, my teacher is due to come home to teach Vishal and me from next week)
  • Work on my social anxiety
  • Learn public speaking
  • Follow the pescetarian diet for the entire year without slipping (this gets very difficult especially when you’re married to a big time foodie)
  • Meditate more and learn to let go
  • Take spas and relaxing outstation breaks more oftentenor

That’s about it!

I’ll try and read this post again and again throughout the year so that I can get these things done without forgetting about them.

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What about you? What are your absolutely must-do resolutions for this year?
I hope that you’ll check all the boxes on your to-do list for this year and that you have an absolutely fantastic year ahead!

Ciao ❤

The Birthday Post (2016)

I haven’t been posting here for a while now and, in order to break the bad spell, I want to share with you all how I spent my Birthday this year (or rather my birthday week.)

Following are the pictures of the stuff we had for my Birthday week. These are just a few pics that I remembered to click. Most of the time I was so dazed and swept off my feet that I didn’t remember to click the pics.

Pre-Birthday celebration at TGI Friday:

Birthday brunch at German Bakery:

Birthday romantic rooftop dinner at Pasha – J.W. Marriott:

Post-Birthday bed tea with my favourite buiscuits:img_20161225_110123_253

Post-Birthday Italian lunch at Dario’s:

And these were my presents:

While at J.W. Marriott, we came across a gigantic table full of edible Chrismas stuff:Vishal wanted to gift me iPad Air 2, but I delined as I already have a Note and MacBook. I did the smartest thing ever and took the entire amount of cash and made a FD in our name. So this year’s birthday was really good!

Vishal wanted to gift me iPad Air 2, but I declined as I already have a Note and MacBook. I did the smartest thing ever and took the entire amount of cash and made a joint FD in our names. So this year’s birthday was really good!

Anyway, I’ll do another post (if possible) showing you all the gifts (books, diaries, journals, socks, and slippers – my usual weaknesses.)

 

RMFAO 2017 Reading Challenges

Hey, everyone. 2017 is almost upon us! It is December, the most magical time of the year, and more so because this is the month we decide and announce the RMFAO Reading Challenges for the coming year!

If you don’t already know, RMFAO is my reading group on Goodreads and it is co-moderated by my very dear friend, Dagny. We have quite a few reading challenges there and have around 300 members. We talk about books and reading related stuff and recommend absolutely amazeballs books to each other. It is a place to be for all the book lovers as you’ll meet some serious bookaholic bibliophiles there.

Back to the point, we just announced the 3rd installment of our most popular challenge on RMFAO – RMFAO 2017 Genre Challenge. In this challenge, we read as per the pre-decided Genre-List that changes every year. This year we’re doing it our old way by having 1 unique mainstream genre per month. The participants will just have to refer their TBRs and pick up the books of that genre for that month. This way you get to read 12 genres in one year while finishing off your TBR.7

The participants will just have to refer their TBRs and pick up the books of that genre for that month. This way you get to read 12 genres in one year while finishing off your TBR. Most of the times we end up reading the new recommendations and our TBR pile grows more than ever, but that’s how the life of a book lover is, isn’t it?

Anyway, in case if you guys want to participate, just join the group (if you haven’t already) and announce your participation on the main challenge thread. It can be found here: RMFAO 2017 Genre Challenge.

Apart from this, we have other fun Challenges too:

  • Classic Catchup:
    Hosted by RMFAO’s Classics’ Professor Dagny, this challenge gives you a chance to read the Classics. But the best part for me about this challenge is Dagny’s Classic recommendations. I’ve read so many different classics (so much more than I’d have ever read on my own) since I started joining this challenge. So if you’re a classic lover then this place is definitely for you, but in case if you’re like me who is not into classics and have no clue what to read, then is the place to start.classics-catchup
  • RMFAO 2017 Series Challenge:
    This challenge focuses on completing book series. You can either complete a series your started earlier and never got around to finishing it, or you can start a new one and try to finish it within the year.
    To participate all you have to do is drop by the thread (click the name of the challenge above) and announce your participation.series
  • RMFAO 2017 NetGalley Challenge: This challenge needs no explanation. If you are on NetGalley then you should definitely check this one out! The challenge will help you finish all those books that you requested and were accepted for once upon a time, and as a result, it will help you improve your Ratio. It can’t get better than this, can it?!netgalley

New members are welcome to join any time of the year, so don’t forget to drop by and have a look around! Also, feel free to share about these challenges with your friends and reading buddies. The more, the merrier.

Ciao ❤

Updates!

Hello everyone,

I’m so sorry that I’ve been missing entirely from here for almost a month now. It’s been a crazy, crazy month and I’ve been literally running around in 100 different directions.

Anyway, I’d like to start by saying THANK YOU to everyone for the heart-warming comments, congratulations, reblogs and shares, re-shares, tweets, and re-tweets. It really means a lot to me! We’ve received a tremendously positive response from readers around the world regarding Deceived and it makes me really happy (and also terrified) to see so many people vouching for the book! Thank you, everyone!

We are done with all the editing rounds and the book is presently getting typeset and is almost ready for printing. 😀 The book will be listed on NetGalley in late December or early January.

I’m here to share the new and the final blurb of Deceived (hopefully it’ll give you some more insight into the story!):

How well do you know your loved ones? 

A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, unwittingly to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?

Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.


I hope you guys like it!

BTW, here is the list of all the awesome Cover Reveals we had last month in celebration of Deceived’s cover release:

There are a couple of Interviews and Guest Posts lined up for this month, so I’ll be sharing them by the end of the month or probably early next month. Do keep an eye out for them on my Twitter and Facebook, though, I always share them there the same day.

Hope you all are having a great weekend.

Ciao ❤

Deceived Cover Release!

Hello, everyone. Today is a very big day for me, as it is the Cover Release day of Deceived! Without saying anything else, I’d like to present to you the cover of my debut novel – Deceived.
Please feel free to share the cover image on your social media accounts and blogs. Reblogs are also welcome. 🙂

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Designed by Bhavi Mehta

PUBLISHING: FEBRUARY 2017 BY CITRUS PUBLISHERS

Blurb:

How well do you know your loved ones?

A girl who’s trying to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.

A journalist who is chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.

A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughters her parents.

And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

A psychological thriller that weaves its way through the sadistic past of a traumatized child to the snare of dark mysteries of a beloved father.

Add Deceived your Goodreads to-read shelf 


About Heena Rathore P.:

Small oneHeena Rathore P. is a 25-year-old full-time novelist, part-time Social Media Strategist, Novel Critic, Book Reviewer and a YouTube Podcaster.

She draws her inspiration from the works of legendary Stephen King and Sidney Sheldon.

She is an introvert, a thinker, a neat freak, a voracious reader and a GSD-lover. In her free time, she loves watching apocalyptic, thriller and slasher movies and series.

She lives in Pune with her beloved husband in a house full of books, music, and love.

She loves creating fictional worlds, but more than that she loves living in them.

 

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Happy Diwali!

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Hello, everyone. I’m quickly dropping by to wish you diwali and update you all that I won’t be visitng my blog much for another couple of days as I’ll be a little busy with the pre-ARC preps and writing the Guest-Posts and Interviews my publicist (Em) kindly lined up for me for December and January.

We have the final cover for Deceived ready(!) and the Cover Release is set for the 10th November. 😀
I’ll be sharing the cover here on the morning of 10th November, so please stay tuned and make sure to check it out.
The Cover Reveals will start shortly after that, followed by Guest-Posts and Interviews on various blogs.

Note: We still have a few slots for more cover Release posts. So if you can help me out with the Cover Release post on your blog then I’ll be really grateful. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before; we’ll send you the Cover image and the Book and Author info and all you have to do is post it on your blog as a normal post.

I’ve received a number of overwhelming ARC review requests for Deceived and I’m so thankful to you all!
If you are interested in reviewing Deceived and haven’t already requested a copy yet, then feel free to drop in a line to me and I’ll be happy to pass along your name to my publicist.

Anyway, I’ve got another Novel Critique so November is looking jam packed already as I’ll be receiving the first batch of printed ARCs after 20th November and also because I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo too.

Also, I’ve decided to shift The Reading Bud to WordPress.org and I’m planning a small make-over for it in December! So I’m really excited for TRB too 😀

Rest everything is going great! I’m having one hell of a time enjoying life as a new author and I feel blessed to have such amazing friends and readers like you all! Thank you for all your support and encouragement. It was all possible because of you guys! ❤

And before I say good bye, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Diwali in advance. May this festival of lights bring oodles of happiness and wealth into your lives…

Hope you are all having a great week!

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