Title: Priya in Heels
Author: Ayesha Patel
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Multi-cultural
Publication: August 28th, 2014
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?
Ayesha’s Top Ten Indian Cultural Favorites
10) Mendhi (AKA henna). Derived from the henna plant, you can dry the leaves and turn them into a fine powder. Mix with water, sugar, and lemon juice, and use the paste to draw designs on the hands, arms, legs, and feet. When you wash the green paste off, it leaves a beautiful maroon color! Henna is also a great hair conditioner, but only if you have dark hair or want to turn those stubborn grays into dark red highlights.
9) Beauty. There are some old-fashioned beauty tricks that have never gone out of style, such as kohl eyeliner and threaded eyebrows.
8) Festivities. Whether it’s a wedding, baby shower, or graduation party, you can put an Indian twist on it with gifts of sweets, incense, and everything else mentioned on this list.
7) Diversity. Before India was India, it was a large area made up of different countries, and each one now a state, has its own culture, language (with dialects), religion, and cuisine.
6) Hospitality. If you ever go to an Indian’s house, they will feed you until you’re sick.
5) Jewelry. Indian jewelry is known for its purer, pliable, bright yellow gold. The stones we seem to favor are rubies and emeralds. Some traditional pieces include chandelier earrings, bangles, thick necklaces, mang tikkas (that dangle from the hair to between the brows or to the side of the hair), brooches and sari pins, all kinds of rings including toe rings and nose rings, and waist chains just to name a few!
4) Clothing. We have lots of styles and garments, but the sari is the most memorable as it’s both sexy and modest. Chiffon, silks, zari, beads, golden thread…the list goes on and on!
3) Bollywood. There is no doubt that Bollywood cinema has made a name for itself with its endless titles that are sure to capture musicals, brilliant clothes, beautiful faces, hot bodies, and twist upon twist of love stories.
2) Color. India is known for bright colors. The flag is green, orange, white, and blue. The clothes are brightly colored with purples and fuchsias and every other color under the sun. The jewelry pops. Even the spices are colorful. We love color!
1) Food. Although Indian cuisine is grouped into the spicy curry quadrant, it is so much more. We love to cook with veggies, seafood, nuts, milk, spices, sugar, and all sorts of flours (not just wheat or rice). Like any other culture, the food you find in restaurants is just a drop in the bucket. It’s as if you’ve focused on one orange spot and didn’t see the rest of the giraffe! There truly is something to love for every palate and diet.
Ayesha Patel was born in the rich and colorful state of Gujarat in western India before moving to Texas. She quickly found her footing in languages and creative writing and weaves her diverse background into her stories. She currently lives in the beautiful, though rainy, state of Washington with her husband. With a splendid view of Mt. Ranier behind her, a cup of coffee in her hand, and a ridiculously fast laptop at her fingertips, Ayesha is thrilled to explore the literary world.
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