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Release Week for One of My New Writing Buddies

With the move to Seattle I feel like I’m in kindergarten again, making new friends in a strange new place!  So I was thankful and happy to have made a few writing buddies right off the bat.  Ayesha Patel is one of them, and it’s my pleasure to meet her for coffee once every other week and work on our books together.  Low and behold, she has her first book’s release date this week!  I’m proud to spread the word!  Check it out and let me know what you think.


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A new adult title from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

Love doesn’t conquer all…does it?

Priyanka Patel is the epitome of an obedient daughter. She’s finishing up her medical residency at one of Houston’s busiest emergency departments, and has agreed—albeit reluctantly—to marry the man her family has chosen for her. The only thing that can derail the “perfect” life laid out before her is the sexy musician down the hall who wants into her life…and into her bed.

Tyler O’Connor has been infatuated with Priya since she treated his sprained ankle in the ER, and after saving her from a brutal attack, he can’t get her out of his head. When Priya puts her family’s wishes before their relationship, agreeing to an arranged marriage with another man, Tyler is devastated.

But love is fierce and unreasonable and clashes with the carefully sculpted life her parents want for her. Is going after her heart such a big deal, or will it truly unravel Priya’s world?

“Priya in Heels is an exquisite mix of culture, romance, and humor all brought together by two characters you can’t help but love from the get-go. It’s a must read!”~NYT Bestselling Author Anna Banks

“Sweet and sexy with a dash of spice.” ~USA Today Bestselling Author Nicola Marsh

“Chemistry jumps off the pages in this sexy-fun tale of family, “firsts,” and doing anything for true love. I swooned over Ty right along with Pree!” ~USA Today Bestselling Author Ophelia London

“A moving story about a girl at a crossroads between her Indian culture and what’s expected of her, and the American boy who’s stolen her heart.” ~USA Today Bestselling Author Cindi Madsen

“A thoroughly entertaining romance that deftly captures the enduring conflict between conservative Indian traditions and contemporary American culture.” ~Shobhan Bantwal, Award-Winning Author of the Dowry Bride

What are reviewers saying?

“While the romance is really lovely and realistic, I think it’s the insight into a culture that many of Patel’s readers may be unfamiliar with that will make this book stand out from other New Adult titles. It is never didactic or biased, and never feels like Patel has an agenda in putting Priya’s particular story into the world. Instead, it is honest and heartfelt and days later, I’m still thinking about it, grateful to have read it…This is officially on my list of important books…” – Allodoxophobia

“Priya in Heels is a wonderful romantic comedy filled with love, tears and laughter and you can’t help but fall in love with Patel’s compelling characters. It is intriguing to observe the different love stories throughout the novel and the way that culture can dictate such a huge aspect of one’s life. Above all, this is a story about love, a love that is undeniable and true. True love might just be found in books and Bollywood, but this is certainly one novel that you will want to read and experience for yourself!” – Life With Joy

“The writing of Priya in Heels was phenomenal and just off the charts. Ayesha Patel definitely has something special with her debut novel. There was such amazing detail to everything but it wasn’t overdone. The characters were so authentic I felt as if I knew them and felt what they felt. Such an amazing story that I laughed, cried and stayed up late into the night to finish because I couldn’t stand putting it down to even eat or sleep. That is truly impeccable writing and I will be adding Ayesha’s name to my favorite authors list.” –Reese’s Reviews

“This love story was complex, sometimes sweet, sometimes frustrating but always intriguing and interesting. Never was I bored… I felt I was in the middle and sometimes wanted to shake the characters to see their way clear from everything. There was much emotion and I felt all of it. The true beauty of this was the voice of the writer with the authenticity needed to believe and feel for all of the characters… there was no easy answer for any of the questions asked… and we worked through all of them together.” – The Star Angels’ Reviews

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