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Awards and Honors

My debut book, THE DOWRY BRIDE, won the Golden Leaf Award in 2008. This year THE UNEXPECTED SON won the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award in the Muliticultural-Fiction category.

Two of my short stories won honors in national fiction contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest and New York Stories magazines. My story titled "Lingering Doubts" won First Place in the New Woman (India) magazine’s 2005 fiction contest.

I wrote and directed two plays in the Konkani language, my mother tongue.

A number of my articles and short stories have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines like Romance Writers Report, The Writer magazine, Romantic Times, New Woman, India Abroad, Little India, U.S. 1 weekly,, India Currents, Little India, and Kanara Saraswat.

My Award/Honor-winning Short Fiction

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Lingering Doubts First Place in the fiction competition by NEW WOMAN (India)
Seeking a Six-foot Bride Honorable Mention in WRITER’S DIGEST contest
Hope in High Heels Honorable Mention in NEW YORK STORIES magazine contest

A few samples of my articles/short stories in magazines and newspapers

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Romantic Times Monthly Literary Magazine - Publishing industry news
The Writer Monthly Magazine - resource for writers
Little India Monthly Magazine
India Abroad Weekly Newspaper
India Currents Monthly Magazine E-magazine

My favorite sites for author resources

While there are literally hundreds of web sites with some amazingly valuable advice and help for aspiring authors, I can only afford to post a few due to space limitations. Here are a few of my favorite web sites for author resources:
Coffee time romance website

Some of my favorite authors

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Mary Jo Putney Khaled Hosseini
Anjali Banerjee Dorothy Garlock
Caridad Pineiro Nora Roberts
Jayne Ann Krentz Mary Monroe

Fellow authors who lent me a helping hand

It is amazing to find so many writers, both established and budding, who are willing to help a new author like myself. The publishing world is a vast and intimidating ocean for a new swimmer and I am immensely grateful to the following authors, whose names and websites I have indicated below. Thanks once again for the helping hands, ladies. I have never met you face to face, but I love you all for your generosity and kindness.

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Misa Ramirez MJRose
Anne Carrole Nikki Leigh
Camy Tang Dorothy Thompson