(Ed. Note: Here at Kindle Nation, we may not know much, but we know when we are overmatched by the topic at hand. When that happens, we’re very grateful to be able to call on a guest contributor extraordinaire like the lovely Romi Moondi. -S.W.)
So here’s Romi!
Arranged-Marriage Ads, Internet Dudes, Bar-Hopping and a Quest for Love: YEAR OF THE CHICK!
by Romi Moondi
There I was in 2008: writing a blog called “Year of the Chick” ( http://romi41.wordpress.com/ ) wanting to be a writer, fearing an arranged-marriage set-up, and wondering why I sucked at the dating game.
Now here I am in 2011: on the outer edges of expiry for arranged-marriage bliss (sorry dad), and teetering on the edge of trading in the dating game for cats. Lots of cats.
But hey, I wrote a book.
(One out of three ain’t bad.)
I’m glad I finally wrote this on my own terms, since being in charge means I can write about why guys should never refer to females as “babygirl” (since it implies a physical attraction to female infants…gross). I can also describe how a girl can be locked in her bedroom during her sister’s arranged-marriage set-up, because her younger age and fairer skin would screw over big sis’s chances.
There’s also the topic of Internet dating, and how it’s so much easier to stumble into prospects these days. It’s also so much easier to think you’re Internet dating when you’re not even sure what that means, which is another confusing issue I delve into (at the expense of my main character’s ego.)
None of this is written in a sad, self-pitying way, but always in a humorous way. Because we’ve all got problems, yeah? So we might as well laugh at them.
Therefore…if you like love, if you like dating mishaps at the bar, if you like the intrigue of Internet dating, and if you like the spicy twist of arranged marriage possibilities (complete with awkward tea-time meet-ups), then this book is for you.
And if you end up liking this book? Then books two and three in the trilogy will also be for you (book two will be released in 2012, and is based on a screenplay I wrote, which made it to the semi-finals or better in five screenplay competitions in 2011).
Thanks for listening, and as a final note, “Year of the Chick” (at 74,000 words) is currently on sale for 99 cents, but only until December 11th. Here’s the link for Amazon US: Year of the Chick e-book
And here’s the set-up:
A humiliating public weigh-in, with two judging parents as the audience.
The announcement of a deadline for arranged marriage doom.
And that’s just the first two chapters.
In “Year of the Chick,” Romi Narindra must find love before her parents find her a husband. This is a difficult task in a world where self-consciousness is at an all-time high, and dating experience at an all-time low.
Severely lacking in seductive skills and uninspired by her corporate job, Romi turns to what she loves, by writing about her quest to find love on her brand new blog.
From whiskey-breath scum bags to uni-brow creeps and everything in between, Romi and her wingmen come up empty time after time. But hope floats again when she meets a fellow writer unexpectedly.
On the Internet.
So will it be arranged marriage doom, or an Internet affair that’s not as creepy as “To Catch a Predator”?
Time will tell in the “year of the chick,” a twelve-month quest to find love.
“Year of the Chick” is a tale of fiction inspired by a blog the author wrote in 2008. This story is book one of a trilogy, with book two due out in 2012.
Length: 74,000 words or 292 pages