Thursday, April 2, 2015

Variables of Love by MK Schiller - Guest Blog and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding three separate prizes: a $20 Amazon or B/N GC, a $10 Amazon or B/N GC, and an ecopy of Variables of Love, to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

5 Things You Might Not Know About MK Schiller

• I snuck my first romances in a harrowing journey from the public library to the safety of my bedroom. I’d often read them in a dark closet by the glow of a weak flashlight. Yes, I did risk my eyesight to get to that happily ever after moment.

• Like my heroine, Meena, I too was an economics major. It’s funny how many economic theories can be applied to love, relationships and even sex. Then again, I am a romance writer so all things always point me back in that direction. I’m also Indian. Variables of Love is a very personal story for me. It’s what happens when cultural expectations and personal convictions collide. I’ve borrowed from my own life experiences and culture to create this novel. It’s a story I’ve wanted to tell for some time, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to share it.

• I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance Bollywood, but somehow it comes out more Dollywood when I do it. Yes, I like to line dance. I’m not ashamed to say my rhythm is only as good as the person I’m following.

• I used to foster pit bulls. Many people think they are huge and scary, but the ones we had just wanted to be loved. Love solves a lot of problems.

• I love trying new foods, especially ethnic cuisines and the newest trends in fusion. It may be simplistic but I believe the world’s problems could be solved if we reached across the table and just broke bread together once in a while.

Meena Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She's in her senior year at Stanford where she'll graduate summa cum laude, and then she'll begin her interviews...her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she's never questioned that she'll have an arranged marriage like all the generations before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan's sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn't know were possible outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn't hurt that he's charming and has the uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation makes no sense in the real world.

Ethan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small at first - to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve the ultimate equation to find happiness.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Goodbye, girl-who-bumps-into-strangers. I only call you that because I don’t know your name.” Yes, and I won’t give it because hearing it said out loud by your deep, sexy voice will make me loose whatever dignity I have left.

I smiled at his description, feeling more myself as each step carried me farther away from his beautiful face, sculpted muscles, and boyish grin.

“See you later, gorgeous-boy-who-picks-up-and-arranges-clumsy-girls’-essays,” I uttered under my breath when I was out of earshot.

Of course, I knew who he was. Ethan Callahan, the boy who sat in the back row of Advanced Statistics. The same boy who made frequent cameos in my daydreams. I hated that he sat in the back of the lecture hall. I only saw him enter and exit the classroom. I wanted to see him enter and exit other things…like me.

About the Author:
I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but in the dark of night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, reading or writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is!

I started imagining stories in my head at a very young age. In fact, I got so good at it that friends asked me to create plots featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as the hero. You've heard of fan fiction... this was friend fiction.

I hope you enjoy my stories and always find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor.

I love hearing from readers so please write to me!

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  1. The beautiful cover is my favorite part of the post today.

  2. This was a beautiful excerpt. I loved it.

  3. I laughed when I read your statement that your rhythm is only as good as the person you're following. In a sense, that's me too. I could never dance a polka and I loved the music but sadly I was like the 'bull in the china shop' heavily clomping around until one evening at a party, this guy grabbed my hand and led me to the dance floor to dance...yep....a polka! That man could dance and he was easy to follow. I danced like I was a polka rock star! Never had so much fun but never danced it again! But hey, once in a lifetime, right?

  4. I enjoyed reading the five things.


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